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From the Croisette to the theatres

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- With Goodbye to Language and Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie, seven Cannes titles are now showing in cinemas

From the Croisette to the theatres
Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard

Making the most of the media coverage at Cannes in order to release the films selected on the Croisette at the same time (or immediately afterwards) in theatres is quite a tempting strategy for distributors, even though the risk of a negative critical reaction could make the whole thing relatively counterproductive, as Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco [+see also:
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is finding out (230,000 admissions in 12 days - Gaumont in 533 theatres).

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Distributed by Diaphana across 310 screens the day after its screening in competition, Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
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by Belgian duo Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne attracted 170,000 viewers in five days, outpacing two other features that were also in the running for the Palme d'Or: The Homesman [+see also:
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by Tommy Lee Jones (130,000 admissions in eight days in 235 cinemas - EuropaCorp Distribution) and Maps to the Stars [+see also:
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by David Cronenberg (77,000 viewers in five days – distributed by Le Pacte in 239 theatres). Also of note are the 52,000 admissions racked up in the first week by The Blue Room [+see also:
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interview: Mathieu Amalric
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by Mathieu Amalric (Alfama Films across 171 screens), revealed in Un Certain Regard.

Hitting screens today are the Cannes Jury Prize winner Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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by Jean-Luc Godard (read the reviewWild Bunch Distribution in 19 cinemas) and the Franco-Belgian-Italian documentary Caricaturistes, fantassins de la démocratie [+see also:
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by Stéphanie Valloato, unveiled on the Croisette at a Special Screening as part of the Official Selection (read the review - EuropaCorp Distribution).

Featuring among the titles that will be trying to stem the tide of movies arriving from Cannes are The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared [+see also:
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by Swedish director Felix Herngren, a huge box-office smash in its home country and shown at a special screening at the last Berlinale (distributed by StudioCanal across 180 screens), Those Happy Years [+see also:
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interview: Daniele Luchetti
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by Italy’s Daniele Luchetti (read the review and the interview with the director - Bellissima Films in 33 theatres), the Franco-Belgian feature Je te survivrai by Sylvestre Sbille (Mars Distribution in five cinemas) and the minority French co-production The Amazing Cat Fish [+see also:
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by Mexican filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce (discovered at Locarno last year – Pyramide across 57 screens). And lastly, we must not forget the two French titles Amour sur place ou à emporter [+see also:
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by Amelle Chahbi (Gaumont in 276 theatres) and La liste de mes envies [+see also:
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by Didier Le Pêcheur (distributed by Pathé).

This all represents a good number of films that, nevertheless, will be hard pressed to hijack audiences of the comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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by Philippe de Chauveron, which has clocked in at 7.92 million admissions in 40 days, boasting an astounding stability to boot (only -6% in the sixth week, and still with an enormous print run of 766 copies, handled by UGC Distribution).

(Translated from French)

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