Pyramide releases Le Havre on 164-print run
by Fabien Lemercier
21/12/2011 - While the French film industry has been in turmoil for the past week, trying to soften the impact of the compulsory liquidation of Tarak Ben Ammar’s company Quinta Industries (36 films currently stuck in post-production and print-runs disrupted for releases), 12 new titles are hitting French theatres today.
This Wednesday’s top release is unquestionably Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s outstanding Le Havre [trailer, film focus], the great forgotten one in this year’s Cannes Film Festival prize list and recent winner of the prestigious Louis Delluc Prize for Best French Film of 2011 (see news). Co-produced by Finland, France and Germany, the feature is being released by its producer Pyramide on a 164-print run.
Non-domestic European cinema is also in the spotlight with David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method [trailer], unveiled in competition at Venice (see review) with its top-flight cast including Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel. This German/Canadian/UK/Swiss co-production, which delves into the world of psychoanalysis through the figures of Freud and Jung, is being launched by Mars Distribution on a 184-print run.
Other fine releases include John Michael McDonagh’s highly amusing The Guard [trailer, film focus], starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, released on a 122-print run through SND; and Ben Palmer’s hit UK comedy The Inbetweeners Movie (see news - ARP Sélection in nearly 120 cinemas).
French production is represented by David and Stéphane Foenkinos’s Delicacy [trailer] (see news). Released by StudioCanal in over 400 theatres, this sensitive film, well-acted by Audrey Tautou and Belgian thesp François Damiens, has however failed to completely win over critics, who are a little disconcerted by its mix of genres (comedy, melodrama, and romanticism in the style of Working Title).
The panorama is completed by directorial duo Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou’s The Field of Enchantment [trailer], which was unveiled out of competition at Venice and is a blend of nature-themed documentary and drama about two children (distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture France). Finally, Cheyenne Carron has set up a distribution outfit to release her film Deliver Us Not Into Temptation.
(Translated from French)