'Very long engagement' movie ruled 'not French'

1st June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 1 (AFP) - The hit film "A Very Long Engagement" starring French actress Audrey Tautou is not a French production and therefore does not qualify for state subsidies, an appeal court ruled Tuesday.

PARIS, June 1 (AFP) - The hit film "A Very Long Engagement" starring French actress Audrey Tautou is not a French production and therefore does not qualify for state subsidies, an appeal court ruled Tuesday.  

The court confirmed a decision made last November that the film's producer - 2003 Productions - was a front for the US company Warner Brothers which illegally received aid intended for the local film industry.  

The case has been closely followed because it could set a precedent for future Hollywood investments in France.  

2003 Productions said the decision to class the film as foreign was "stupefying" because "2,000 French walk-ons, some 30 French actors and actresses and 500 French technicians were employed in France over 18 months" to make the film.  

Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who made Tautou's earlier smash "Amelie," "A very long engagement" is about a love-struck girl's complicated search for her boyfriend who disappeared in World War I.

 

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