Sightseers and Foxfire at the turn of the year
by Fabien Lemercier
- Films directed by Ben Wheatley and Laurent Cantet in the spotlight at the turn from 2012 to 2013. Also others by Daniele Cipri, Ilmar Raag, and Jacques Doillon.
With films that went to Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Locarno, San Sebastian, and Rome, the new titles to be released in French cinemas at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 hardly lack in allure. On Wednesday December 26, the Wild Side/Le Pacte association are to release British director Ben Wheatley's very black and very funny Sightseers [+see also:
interview: Ben Wheatley
film profile] (photo), a talking point at the 2012 Cannes Directors' Fortnight that recently won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards.
Pyramide Distribution is hedging its bets on Ilmar Raag's endearing A Lady in Paris, a film starring Jeanne Moreau and Laine Mägi that seduced viewers at the Locarno Film Festival, while Sophie Dulac Distribution is releasing Jacques Doillon's Un enfant de toi, which earned Maryline Fontaine Best Newcomer at the last Rome Film Festival.
On Wednesday, Jean-Pierre Améris' The Man Who Laughs [+see also:
interview: Christa Théret
film profile], a film based on Victor Hugo's novel that made its debut at the Venice Film Festival with Marc-André Grondin, Gérard Depardieu, 2013 Shooting Star Crista Theret, and Emanuelle Seigner in the cast (EuropaCorp Distribution).
This latest wave of new releases for 2012 also includes Laurent Firode's Par amour (Noblesse oblige), Laurent Hasse's Le Bonheur…Terre promise (Les Docs de l'Arche/ Cinefeel), and Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul's Sugar Man, an American documentary that has been nominated for a Golden Globe (distribution: ARP Sélection).
On January 2, it will be time for the always fascinating Laurent Cantet's Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (Cantet won the 2008 Palme d'Or in Cannes - interview). Adapted from American writer Joyce Carol Oates' novel, this film in English produced and distributed byHaut et Court made its debut in Toronto and won young Canadian actress Katie Coseni Best Actress in San Sebastian.
On the same day, the following films will also come out: Italian director Daniele Cipri's Venice awardee It Was the Son (distribution:Bellissima Films), Beryl Koltz' Luxembourg-Belgium-Austria cult comedy Hot, Hot, Hot (distribution: Mica Films), Norwegian directorOle Endresen's Curling King (KMBO), Gilles Bourdos' Renoir (discovered at Cannes' Un Certain Regard - Mars Distribution), Frank Khalfoun's US-French co-production Maniac [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled at a midnight screening at the last Cannes Film Festival - distribution: Warner),Clément Michel's La stratégie de la poussette [+see also:
film profile] (a Sombrero Films production starring Raphaël Personnaz as a single parent using his baby to reconquer the woman of his life - distribution: StudioCanal) and Vincent Goubet's documentary Faire quelque chose.
(Translated from French)