Variety to Honor Pathé With Intl. Achievement in Film Award at Cannes Film Festival

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Variety will honor French entertainment giant Pathé with its Intl. Achievement in Film Award on May 20 at the Cannes Film Festival.

Pathé – which is the only French film group still fully involved in exhibition, production, distribution and sales – is family-owned and run by Jérôme Seydoux. Earlier this year, “CODA,” the remake of the company’s “La Famille Bélier,” took three Oscars, including for best picture.

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In the past two years, the company has greenlit big budget features “Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom” and the two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ masterpiece, “The Three Musketeers – D’Artagnan” and “The Three Musketeers – Milady.”

Pathé is venturing into television production and signed pacts with Netflix and Apple TV+.

During the pandemic, Pathé forged ahead with films for theatrical release, and Seydoux, who has been involved in greenlighting big-budget epics, wants to maintain the company’s high standards whether in film or TV.

Pathé also believes in keeping long-term ties with filmmakers such as Alain Attal (“Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom”), Dimitri Rassam (“The Three Musketeers”) and Philippe Rousselet (“CODA”).

Going forward, Pathé has plans to produce high-end series such as an adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac” as well as release three or four big-budget films during the year. The deals with streamer Apple includes “CODA,” which recently won three Oscars, and its pact with Netflix includes Dany Boon lockdown-themed comedy “8, rue de l’Humanité.”

Pathé also has a large exhibition chain. It acquired Gaumont’s multiplexes in 2017, and has recently opened cinemas in North Africa.

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