Bordeaux, city in the spotlight
Bordeaux is the ninth largest commune in France demographically speaking, but in terms of cinema, it is in the top 5. Le Corniaud, La Reine Margot or Mamma Mia 2, all films that fought to shoot in the twin city with Los Angeles.
More recently, a new Chinese series has decided to settle down in Bordeaux: Crocodile and Toothpick Bird (Le Crocodile et le pluvian). It is expected by about 80 million viewers. The plot of this romantic comedy takes place mainly in the city centre of Bordeaux, notably in the university centre, Place de la Victoire, but also Place de la Bourse, the Mirror of Water, and the Public Garden of Bordeaux playing the role of the campus of the Bordeaux University.
The choice of this city for the production can be explained by “the classicism of the sets, the responsiveness of the town hall but also this classic image of an ancient, bourgeois Europe, instantly readable and understandable for Chinese spectators,” explained Mr Priot, the French producer of the series during an interview with Libération on October 30, 2018.
Bordeaux also stands out, in China as elsewhere, by the reputation of its wines. 67% of French wines exported to China come from the Bordeaux region.
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