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Winning over the Far East

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- Two festivals of French cinema are being held at the end of June in two of the most important showcases in Japan and South Korea: Yokohama and Seoul. There’s a wide selection of commercial films put on by Unifrance

Winning over the Far East

Unifrance is launching French cinema in the Far East. The promotion agency for Gallic films abroad is heading for two of the best export markets in Japan and South Korea, presenting the latest French productions at Seoul, from June 12 to 22, and at Yokohama, from June 18 to 22.

After the successful performance of Vidocq (an audience of 250,000) and Asterix: mission Cleopatra (220,000 tickets sold) in South Korean cinemas, the organisers of the Festival of French Cinema in Seoul have decided to programme films with a strong commercial impact for this third edition: the works are Chouchou by Merzak Allouache, 18 ans après See How They Run by Michel Blanc, Fanfan la tulipe [+see also:
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by Gérard Krawczyk, Il est plus facile pour un chameau... [+see also:
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by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and La Petite Lili by Claude Miller.

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The 11th edition of the Festival of French Films at Yokohama will feature 22 feature length films and 6 short works,. Japanese cinemas show more than 40 French productions a year, with audience figures reaching 2 million in 2002. The president of this edition, Vincent Perez, will be present at the event, along with a delegation of directors, actors and producers. The festival will be featuring the same films as those presented in Seoul, as well as a further selection made up of: Euro Pudding by Cédric Klapisch, Jet Lag by Danièle Thompson, To be and to have by Nicolas Philibert and His Brother by Patrice Chéreau. In addition there’s also a market for exporters with a selection of other recent productions.

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