Movie theater. Occitanie, a popular setting at the Cannes Film Festival, four films on show

Movie theater. Occitanie, a popular setting at the Cannes Film Festival, four films on show
Movie theater. Occitanie, a popular setting at the Cannes Film Festival, four films on show

Four films supported by the Occitanie region are showing at the 77th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Two were selected for the Official Selection, another will be presented at the end of Critics’ Week, and the last will be previewed as part of a special screening of the Official Selection.

“Silence, we’re shooting… Action!” You’ve probably heard it: from Gard, Hérault or even Aveyron, the settings of Occitanie seduce the cinema. With more than 3,000 days of filming per year, the region has even become the second French region for filming of all kinds. Four films shot and made in Occitania are being highlighted this year in Cannes.

Mercy by Alain Guiraudie, filmed in Aveyron in 2023. This film tells the story of Jérémie, a thirty-year-old who returns to his village to attend a funeral and finds himself in the heart of a police investigation.

The most valuable commodity by Michel Hazanavicius, an animated film adapted from the eponymous novel by Jean-Claude Grumberg. Partly developed in a Montpellier animation studio, the film tells the story of a couple of Polish lumberjacks who take in a Jewish child during the Second World War.

Animal by Emma Benestan, Filmed in the Camargue, this feature-length fiction film tells the story of Nejma, who is training to win the raseteurs championship, a competition consisting of challenging bulls in the arena, when suspicious disappearances occur .

the count of Monte Cristo, directed by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre De La Patellière, is an adaptation of the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas. It depicts the revenge of Edmond Dantès, victim of a conspiracy on his wedding day. Part of the filming took place in Hérault and the Pyrénées-Orientales in October 2023, mobilizing numerous regional technicians to strengthen the film team.

This selection honors our local know-how and confirms our choice to make Occitanie the leading audiovisual region, with the creation of more than 5,000 jobs in the region.

Carole Delga, president of the Occitanie region

Occitanie has developed a cinematographic culture. The region attracts big names in cinema, like Claude Lelouch, who was filming in Béziers in November 2023 for, as he told France 3 Languedoc-Roussillon, probably his last film. No less than 80 films are produced in Occitanie each year.

The cinema industry is important in the region, with nearly 100 production companies established in the region. This represents 1,400 technicians and more than 1,000 actors. The Region is stepping up its action in favor of the audiovisual sector with its “Occitanie ça tourne” plan. It aims to invest 80 million euros over the period from 2023 to 2028 – or on average 13.3 million euros per year – to make Occitanie the leading destination for filming.

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