Changes in local financing coupled with new opportunities in global distribution have pushed the French industry towards a more international outlook, argued panelists at a Tuesday round table presented as part of UniFrance’s Rendez-vous With French Cinema.“[For certain French producers] ‘international’ used to mean who would take care of their talent when they travelled,” said film exporter Nicolas Brigaud-Robert. “[Only] today, with the way that we finance films having changed, that concern is much more widespread.”Throughout the export focused talk...
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Brigaud-Robert cofounded the Paris-based international sales and finance company Films Distribution in 1997, which rebranded as Playtime in 2017 to broaden its pan-European reach. An Oscar winner for Hungarian drama “Son of Saul,” the director-focused group now encompasses Films Boutique in Germany, Be for Films in Belgium and Film Constellation in the U.K. and U.S. This year, Playtime repped François Ozon’s “Summer of 85,” a highlight of Cannes 2020’s Official Selection, and Australian western “High Ground,” which impressed audiences in Berlin. Coming up is the true-story drama “Arthur Rambo” from 2008 Palme d’Or-winning director Laurent Cantet (“The Class”). Playtime is also an active producer, with a U.S. remake of the 2014 Austrian psychological thriller “Goodnight Mommy” in the works.