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Mediawan’s Elisabeth d’Arvieu on Key to Studio’s Success: ‘We Guarantee Independence’

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Mediawan Pictures managing director Elisabeth d’Arvieu. With five in-house productions premiering in the official selection and another in Critics’ Week, the exec and her team will hit the Croisette with cause for celebration.

As an ardent cinephile, she bolstered an extracurricular passion for movies while getting an MBA from Baruch College in New York.

She still takes in a film a day. The Cannes celebration promises to start early for Mediawan, kicking off with Quentin Dupieux’s festival opener “The Second Act,” then Palme d’Or contending Hearts” from Gilles Lellouche and Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie,” the epic “The Count of Monte-Cristo” screening out of competition and Un Certain Regard player “Le Royaume” fromemerging talent Julien Colonna.

When taken as a whole, the strong showing nicely reflects the group’s wider ambitions, from backing idiosyncratic auteurs to banking on blockbuster spectacles to placing bets on promising new voices. “The common denominator is talent,” d’Arvieu tells Variety. “We are here to support and accompany all kinds of talent across a rich diversity of genres.

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