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Facts on French cinema

  • Each year, over 200 million people see French films.
  • One of the most popular French films ever was Amelie until the Intouchables in 2012.
  • The French produce between 200-300 films per year.
  • France's national film awards are the Cesar's held in February in Paris.
  • The Cannes film festival is  one of the most prestigious and publicised film festivals in the world.
  • The French government have laws to assist films e.g. TV stations must invest in local films.
  • Many English speaking films are also set in France - see our top 10.
  • Paris has the highest density of cinemas in the world (movie theaters per inhabitant).
  • Gerard Depardieu was one of the first French actors to make it big in American movies.
  • English speaking actors (eg. Kristen Scott-Thomas, John Malkovic) have starred in French movies.
  • In Australia:
    • audiences for French films are growing strongly (in 2005 0.5M to >2.5M in 2008).
    • in 2011, French films grossed at box office $9M, 4th after US, UK and Australian films.
    • in 2012, the same number (27) of French films (highest number ever recorded) were released as Australian films (French films in 2011 were half the number of Australian).

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