Magazine article Screen International

36 French Features in Danger Following Quinta Industries Collapse

Magazine article Screen International

36 French Features in Danger Following Quinta Industries Collapse

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Unfinished pictures could be wiped off computers belonging to post-production subsidiaries of bankrupt Quinta Industries if creditors seize equipment.

The fate of at least 36 films in various stages of post-production, including Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lelouche's The Players, Leos Carax' Holly Motors and Olivier Dahan's [pictured] The Lords, remained unclear on Tuesday after suitable buyers failed to emerge for two key subsidiaries of collapsed Quinta Industries.

A commercial court in Nanterre on the outskirts of Paris dismissed offers for the digital production and special effects specialists Duran and Studio Duran Duboi, on the sales block following the collapse of parent company Tarak Ben Ammar's Quinta Industries last Friday, as not substantial enough.

They are believed to have included offers from French post-production group Mikros Image and Christian Paris, the president of Studio Duran Duboi's US arm, with the backing of a Santa Monica-based film fund.

FICAM, the French body for technical industries issued a statement on Monday warning that at least 36 pictures undergoing post-production at subsidiaries of Quinta Industries were at risk.

"A technical audit carried out by our federation... has brought to light the previously unsuspected risk of the total or partial loss of all the digitised elements of films in post-production that are stored on the networks of Quinta and its subsidiaries.

"For the first time in history, the technical industries will have to deal with the salvage of works whose dematerialisation makes it infinitely difficult to locate them physically and identify them digitally."

FICAM said the servers of the Quinta Industries group could be seized as early as this week by subcontractors and creditors as well as by landlords seeking guarantees for rent.

It said the hardware, estimated to be worth [euro]1. …

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