Nicholas on Holiday released in 660 cinemas
by Fabien Lemercier
- Wild Bunch Distribution has given Laurent Tirard’s film a huge launch; Circles and Patchwork Family are also hitting screens
Currently riding the box-office success of French Women [+see also:
film profile], production outfit Fidélité Films, headed by Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc, is today playing another trump card with Nicholas on Holiday [+see also:
film profile] by Laurent Tirard, distributed by Wild Bunch Distribution with a very high print run of 660 copies. Starring, among others, young actor Mathéo Boisselier, Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Dominique Lavanant, François-Xavier Demaison, Belgium’s Bouli Lanners and François Damiens, and Italian actor Luca Zingaretti, the film is a new adaptation (by the same director-producer team) of the comic-book series by Goscinny and Sempé. The first instalment, Little Nicholas [+see also:
film profile], took 5.6 million admissions in France in 2009.
Produced for a budget of €24.48 million, including co-productions by M6 Films and Wild Bunch, as well as pre-purchases by Canal+, OCS and W9, Nicholas on Holiday was co-scripted by Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron and Jaco van Dormael. After a relatively cool reception from the press, the film will now attempt to draw in its target viewers: family audiences, which this type of French production hardly ever sets its sights on at this time of year. It should therefore be interesting to follow this particular gamble...
For its part, Gaumont is distributing 250 copies of the comedy A toute épreuve [+see also:
film profile] by Antoine Blossier, in which a sixth-form student and his friends try to steal the topics for the baccalaureate exam. Also hitting screens is Patchwork Family [+see also:
film profile] by Pascal Rabaté, which had its world premiere on Sunday in competition at Karlovy Vary (read the review - Ad Vitam in 109 theatres). Also of note is the French documentary City of Dreams, Detroit, une histoire américaine by Steve Faigenbaum (distributed by TS Production).
Non-French European productions are also very well represented today, with Circles [+see also:
interview: Nikola Rakocevic
interview: Srdan Golubovic
film profile] by Sdran Golubovic (winner of the Special Jury Prize at last year’s Sundance and also popular in the Berlinale Forum - Zootrope Films in 15 cinemas), A Gun in Each Hand [+see also:
film profile] by Spaniard Cesc Gay (read the interview – distributed by Zylo across 18 screens), the feature debut Everyone's Going to Die [+see also:
film profile] by British filmmaker Jones (ARP Sélection in three Parisian cinemas) and three Italian films: the docu-fiction Che strano chiamarsi Federico! [+see also:
film profile] by Ettore Scola (Carlotta Films in three theatres), Freddy Hotel [+see also:
film profile] by Massimiliano Amato (distributed by AmatoFilm in one Parisian cinema) and A Five-star Life [+see also:
film profile] by Maria Sole Tognazzi (Bellissima Films across 23 screens).
(Translated from French)
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