Jean-Jacques Annaud

When Picasso painted in Paris, was he a Spanish or a French painter? It does not matter, he was Picasso, whatever the influences surrounding him. He simply chose Paris because it was the ideal place for him to sell his creation.

Today's cinema is a global art form, it is impossible to make movies for a market the size of France, representing no more than 4% of the world's total.

I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.

When Americans shoot movies they aim at the entire planet. When the French make movies, they aim at Paris.

When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies.

The French have got to understand that a film is so expensive that it can no longer afford to be regional or even national in scope.

If you make a movie about Elizabeth I, how much of the dialogue is her real words? Audiences know when they go see a movie that it is fiction.

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