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The production company Albert Dupontel fights of all-pass right in the folder of Hotel Fortuny

A controversy has swelled on social networks and around this building, belonging to the region Ile-de-France, of which the director-actor was able to have for 1 200 euro per month.

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The production company Albert Dupontel fights of all-pass right in the folder of Hotel Fortuny
In full promotional tour before its release on October 25 – his film goodbye up re, an adaptation of novel by Pierre Lemaitre (Prix Goncourt 2013), Albert Dupontel is accused to benefit from several years of a particular hotel belonging to regional council of Ile-de-France, to house, at a very low price, his production company ADCB films. The hotel Fortuny, 1 149 m2, classified as a historic monument, located in 17th arrondissement of Paris is rented 300 euros per week 1200 euros per month to this company. Unveiled on Friday, September 15, by Letter under title " Pécresse hunting Dupontel of his hotel doré ", information has made revel of social networks. The actor and producer of great character, slayer of show-biz and television, became in less than twenty-four hours a "privileged" and a "profiteer" of "largesse" of former president (PS) of region, Jean-Paul Huchon.

This controversy occurs within a few days of session of regional Council of Ile-de-France, expected on September 21 and 22, which shall examine decommissioning of two goods belonging to Region, including hotel Fortuny – for ir assignment. According to document, which will be discussed by advisors, this former high school professional aestic " has closed its doors on 1 September 2010 following a prefectural decree, building is no longer fit to receive pupils. Formerly property of State, region Ile-de-France became owner of right following signing of deed of transfer, signed on 2 November 2010 ".

" Conditions strictly professional "

Carine Bozorgan, associate producer, Albert Dupontel within ADCB Films (ir initials), explains origin of story : "We were looking for premises for nine-month farm. Passing in front of this building, we found that it was unoccupied. On facade, we read that he belonged to regional council. We called office of high schools, have visited site and signed in wake of a convention exclusively for preparation, filming, post-production and promotion of film from August 2012 to November 2013 ". Ever person, she says, " has ever lived ", " terms of use is strictly professional ". As to amount of rent, " it has been determined by Region, and we have never had any contact with Mr Huchon ".

The producer acknowledges that he was " very happy of this deal ". "We were at first surprised by price but it should be understood that it is a disused building, free hot water, or bathroom, she insists. The only obligation was to turn scenes of film in place, what we have done ".

at end of contract, premises have been returned. Two years later, on learning that y were still unoccupied, ADCB Films has reiterated its request for rental for production of a new feature film. The Region, which supports film goodbye up re, has accepted a second time to sign a lease for a period ranging from September 2015 to December 2017. "We have been informed in course of filming that place was going to be sold. The administrative procedure is long, Region we n explained that it was not necessary to break convention, " says Carine Bozorgan. The production company has not been knocked out and shall restore premises at end of year, " in accordance with terms of convention ".

A value between 9.3 and 11.6 million euros

The report of regional council confirmed that a "convention" has been written "with assistance of film Commission of Ile-de-France" for rent building " in conditions defined by previous majority ". The lease expiring at end of year, Region, now presided over by Valérie Pécresse (LR), wants to sell it in order to "promote optimal its real estate and hold this sale a recipe very useful in view of budget constraint on regional," says deliberation project. The mansion is estimated by France Domaine between 9.3 and 11.6 million euros.

" When we conducted an audit of heritage regional real estate we have discovered that this building was rented 300 euros per week. It is only one in this case. We consider that se are not sufficient conditions to enhance true value of this heritage, " says a close adviser of Valérie Pécresse. For his part, Jean-Michel Thornary, director of cabinet of Jean-Paul Huchon from 2004 to 2010 and director-general of Region until election of Valérie Pécresse in December 2015, considered lease at a discounted price was an " arrangement ". "When we inherited this vocational school, it was in a very bad state," he says. We envisioned transforming it into a residence for foreign teachers, but it would have had to commit several million euros and we didn't ! Albert Dupontel, who had requested film commission of region, came to ask us to carry out some indoor scenes. We n proposed to leave him available. We have set a rent which is ridiculous, but some parts are usable ".

" in The interim, which lasted "

" I have nothing against fact that we are using a production company if, in exchange, it maintains a building, avoiding region to take care of its maintenance, " continues Jean-Michel Thornary. This is provisional line-up that lasted. We have not had need to sell family jewels to complete our budget. Ms. Pécresse would have been able to terminate that agreement earlier if it believed that it was scandalous. "

In February 2016, The Canard enchaîné revealed that production company Albert Dupontel available for rent is ridiculous in this building "It is caretaking until a sale decision is made," said n Jean-Michel Thornary. As soon as campaign of regional, Valérie Pécresse, announced its intention to make savings by giving up or by grouping sites occupied or owned by Region.

Several scenes of goodbye up re, were shot at hotel Fortuny. "The shooting has generated a lot of jobs," remarked Carine Bozorgan. This very low rent was also a way to support culture ".

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