A Very Long Engagement Ruled Not French

by | November 30, 2004 | Comments

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Paris administrative court has ruled that because of foreign funding, Jean-Pierre Jeunet‘s romance "A Very Long Engagement" ("Un Long Dimanche de Fiancailles") does not qualify as a French film. As a result of the ruling, the film, which was primarily funded by Warner Bros., does not qualify for French subsidies. Such funding is provided for films that are not controlled by shareholders outside the European Union. The film’s producers said they were disappointed, because the film was shot in France with French actors, extras, and technicians, and was based upon a French novel. The film is a WWI romance starring Audrey Tautou as a woman who searches for her fiancé, who disappeared during the war.