UniFrance 2017: Serge Toubiana is New Head

Serge Toubiana, the former head of the French Cinematheque, will preside over UniFrance, the French promotion organization.

Toubiana was elected Thursday by the 48 members of UniFrance’s executive committee and will take over from Jean-Paul Salomé, who served for four years alongside the organization’s managing director, Isabelle Giordano.

Toubiana will continue to work events aimed at helping French sales agents and promoting Gallic movies abroad, notably via the Rendez-Vous with French Cinema event in Paris, New York (with the Film Society of the Lincoln Center), and Tokyo.

Toubiana ended his 13-year tenure at the Cinematheque in 2015 and joined Pathe, the venerable French film studio, as advisor to company president Jerome Seydoux in 2016.

Toubiana was co-editor of the prestigious magazine “Cahiers du cinéma” with Serge Daney from 1973 to 1981, and then its editor during the following decade. He has directed three documentaries: “Francois Truffaut: Stolen Portraits” (co-directed with Michel Pascal), TV doc “Isabelle Huppert, une vie pour jouer” and the short “Chaplin Today: The Great Dictator.”

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