Releases – France
Country Focus: France
French films enjoy a 44.7% market share in 2014
by Fabien Lemercier
- There are new gems hitting screens today, including Insecure, Breathe and La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur
While attendance levels in French movie theatres have been consistently high in 2014 (169.5 million admissions for the first ten months of the year, +11.4% compared to the same period in 2013 and with a 44.7% market share for French films, according to the CNC’s estimates), 14 new releases are hitting screens today. Among them are several French movies that have the critics on their side: particularly the feature debut by Marianne Tardieu, Insecure [+see also:
interview: Marianne Tardieu
film profile], which was revealed in the ACID selection on the Croisette, starring Reda Kateb and Adèle Exarchopoulos (distributed by Rezo across 39 screens).
There has also been a lot of positive press for La prochaine fois je viserai le coeur [+see also:
film profile] by Cédric Anger (read the review), starring Guillaume Canet as a police officer leading an inquiry into his own crimes (Mars Distribution in 183 cinemas), and for Breathe [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] by Mélanie Laurent (read the article), which was unveiled as a Special Screening in the Cannes Critics’ Week, and is carried by the performances of Joséphine Japy and Lou de Laâge, two young actresses who should be followed very closely from now on (distributed by Gaumont).
Also of note in terms of French productions are the moving Marie’s Story [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Pierre Améris (read the article - Diaphana in 199 theatres), G.H.B. by Laetitia Masson (read the article – distributed by Paradis Films), Atlas by Antoine d'Agata (distributed by Norte) and the Franco-Algerian feature Chacun sa vie by Ali Ghanem (Les Films du Saint-André-des-Arts).
A varied array of non-French European productions also takes pride of place this Wednesday, including Mary, Queen of Scots [+see also:
film profile] by Swiss director Thomas Imbach, which was in competition last year at Locarno (read the review - Aramis Films across 18 screens). Today also sees the launch of the Spanish horror film [REC] 4 Apocalypse [+see also:
interview: Jaume Balagueró
film profile] by Jaume Balagueró (read the review - Le Pacte/The Jokers in 214 cinemas), Trash [+see also:
film profile] by British filmmaker Stephen Daldry (which recently won the Audience Award at the Rome Film Festival – distributed by UPI France) and the German comedy Suck Me Shakespeer [+see also:
interview: Jella Haase
film profile] by Bora Dagtekin (distributed by Océans Films).
Lastly of note is the US-French-Czech co-production Serena by Danish director Susanne Bier (distributed by StudioCanal) and The Drop by Belgium’s Michael R Roskam, starring English actor Tom Hardy, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace and Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts.
(Translated from French)
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