Nathanaël Karmitz
Philippe Quaisse/PASCO
France
2020

mk2 Films

Nathanaël
Karmitz

Chairman / CEO

As head of Paris-based arthouse exhibitor and prodco MK2, Karmitz felt the pain from the pandemic with its theater chain, which saw a decrease in admissions from 2019 that hit 36% in October 2020. But Karmitz – who has run the company since taking over for his father Martin in 2005 – made the best of the situation, setting up an online market for its film sales and closing a deal with Netflix to stream 50 films from its library by filmmakers including Charlie Chaplin, David Lynch and François Truffaut. Karmitz also announced big plans for 2021, including a large-scale retrospective of the works of Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami at Paris’ Pompidou Center in April and a 100th worldwide re-release of Chaplin’s directorial debut “The Kid.”

Career

  • IT'S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD
  • COLD WAR
  • PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

Variety Honors

  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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