European summer line up
As far as cinema is concerned, this summer won’t be dominated by American productions like The Matrix Reloaded, Star Trek and The Hulk. Europe is presenting a strong united front with titles like the Mike Leigh’s UK production All or Nothing [+see also:
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film profile]. France has Jean-Pierre Limosin’s Novo, which premiered at the last Locarno Film Festival, and actor Vincent Perez’s directorial debut, while Peau d’Ange. Austria’s Andrea Dusl will present i>Blue Moon.
Italy also has a number of eagerly awaited titles like Renzo Martinelli’s Piazza delle cinque lune [+see also:
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Whilst keeping their feet firmly on the ground, Italian exhibitors, lead by their president Giampaolo Sodano, the president of Unidim, are optimistic. “The summer season is a positive trend that is steadily gaining ground. Exploited correctly, it will bring surprisingly good box office results.” Sodano said that is was likely the summer line-up was likely to include a few more, as yet unannounced European titles.
(Translated from Italian)
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