Celebrities from around the world are in Cannes for the annual Film Festival. And as Hayley Platt reports a new reports show the French remain the cinema kings and queens of Europe.
The movie glitterati gather for the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Who's won the coveted Palme d'Or prize the hot topic. And this year French cinema itself had something to celebrate. It again sold more tickets than its European competitors. Last year France screened 7035 movies and sold 209 million tickets. Compare that to Germany's 121 million tickets and Italy's 99 million. Alice Andrieu is head of statistics at the National Centre for Cinematography which helped compile the data. HEAD OF STATISTICS AT CNC (NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY), ALICE ANDRIEU, SAYING: "In France people often go to the cinema and are often film buffs. They normally like new movies, a new expression by a new generation is blossoming. Of course it's also about the cost, just 4 euros for the under 14s and VAT has also decreased, lowering prices." The attendance figures are the highest in almost 50 years. And 4 percent higher than the previous year. (SOUNDBITE) (French) MOVIEGOER, MANO, SAYING: "I really like to watch French movies because I think they are the best in term of humour compared to American movies." "Qu'est-ce qu'on a Fait au Bon Dieu", a film about a French family facing racial and religious clashes is the latest box office hit. But the industry still has some challenges. Foreign investment has dropped, slowing film production.