Magazine article Screen International

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival Unveils First Edition

Magazine article Screen International

The Champs-Elysées Film Festival Unveils First Edition

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Harvey Weinstein, Donald Sutherland and Michael Madsen confirmed as guests at first edition, running June 6-12 on Paris' best-known boulevard.

French distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac unveiled the first edition of her ambitious, public-focused Champs-Elysées Film Festival on Thursday (April 26), feting American cinema on the famous avenue.

"I have dreamt of putting the Champs Elysées on the cultural map for years. It is the most beautiful, accessible, frequented avenue in Paris," Dulac, the driving force behind the initiative, said at a presentation on the terrace of the famous Publicis building overlooking the wide boulevard.

As previously announced Harvey Weinstein is confirmed to attend the event, running June 6-12. A selection of films he has backed over the years -- ranging from Shakespeare In Love, to The Aviator, to Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2 - will be shown.

A gala dinner will be held in Weinstein's honour on June 6. The next day he will participate in a round-table on French-US co-productions. No formal co-production accord currently exists between the two nations.

Kill Bill 2 star Michael Madsen has also confirmed his presence as honorary US president of the event, alongside French counterpart Lambert Wilson. …

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