17 new theatrical releases to see us through the holidays
by Fabien Lemercier
- There are quite some end-of-year presents in store, including films by Ovashvili, Jonynas, Scherfig, Danquart, Leconte, Borleteau, Civeyrac, Lenoir, Mickle and Ferrara
The end of 2014 is certainly not lacking in brand-new selling points among the French movie theatres’ film listings. Indeed, even though the pace of releases may be slowing down, there will still be 17 new films on offer on Wednesday 24 December and 31 January.
Tomorrow, 24 December, Pyramide (a faithful partner for young, aspiring talents in the French film industry) is releasing Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
interview: Lucie Borleteau
film profile] by Lucie Borleteau (which earned Ariane Labed the Best Actress Award and bagged the Europa Cinemas Label at Locarno – read the review and the interview).
Meanwhile, Happiness Distribution is trying its luck with Zouzou by Blandine Lenoir, a feature debut that was crowned with the Audience Award at the recent Cinessonne Festival of European Cinema. Produced by Local Films, the movie, whose screenplay is written by the director together with Jean-Luc Gaget, is a no-holds-barred comedy revolving around family, remarrying and sexuality, following three girls as they pay their 60-year-old mother a visit.
Sophie Dulac Distribution is pinning its hopes on Run Boy Run [+see also:
film profile] by German director Pepe Danquart (read the review and watch the making-of), while Arizona Films Distribution is bringing out its co-productionCorn Island [+see also:
interview: George Ovashvili
film profile] by Georgian filmmaker George Ovashvili (read the review and watch the video interview), a multi-award-winning feature that was victorious at Karlovy Vary, among other festivals.
Lastly of note are Mirinda by Nathan Nicholovitch (produced and distributed by French outfit Aramis Films, which recounts the misfortunes of a Frenchman in Cambodia), and the British 3D documentary Enchanted Kingdom by Patrick Morris and Neil Nightingale (Metropolitan Filmexport).
31 December will see the release of the French comedy Une heure de tranquillité by Patrice Leconte, a Fidélité Films production distributed by Wild Bunch and centring on a manipulative liar of a man (Christian Clavier) who is willing to do anything in order to get a little bit of peace and quiet, and get away from his intrusive relatives.
Also hitting screens are two movies directed by talented American filmmakers, but funded by Europe. Le Pacte and The Jokers are releasing Jim Mickle’s Cold in July [+see also:
film profile], the star attraction of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (read the review), while Capricci Films is distributing its production (together with Italy and Belgium) Pasolini [+see also:
interview: Abel Ferrara
film profile] by Abel Ferrara, which was popular in competition at Venice (read the review and the interview with the director).
Also arriving in theatres are the enthralling The Gambler [+see also:
interview: Ignas Jonynas
film profile] by Lithuanian director Ignas Jonynas (read the interview – ASC Distribution), the charming Mon amie Victoria by Jean-Paul Civeyrac (a loose adaptation of Doris Lessing – read the article – distributed by Les Films du Losange) and the British production The Riot Club [+see also:
film profile] by Danish filmmaker Lone Scherfig (unveiled at Toronto – distributed by Paramount Pictures France together with Orange Studio and Selective Films).
(Translated from French)
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