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Huppert plays a farmer in search of a way to leave it all behind in La ritournelle

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- The new film by Marc Fitoussi is out now, distributed by SND. Also hitting screens are Sheep, The Railway Man and The World Belongs to Us

Huppert plays a farmer in search of a way to leave it all behind in La ritournelle
La ritournelle by Marc Fitoussi

Seventeen new releases are landing in French movie theatres today, in an atmosphere of great optimism as far as attendance levels are concerned – May saw their sixth consecutive month of increases. According to estimates from the CNC, on 31 May the total figure for 2014 stood at 95.04 million admissions (+16.1% compared to the same period in 2013), with a market share of 47.7% for French films. 

National productions seem to have a real edge again this Wednesday, particularly with La ritournelle by Marc Fitoussi (read the article), distributed by SND in 228 cinemas. The director of Copacabana [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(Special Screening at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010) has once again cast Isabelle Huppert in a new, offbeat comedy in which the famous actress this time takes on the role of a farmer who is dissatisfied with her life and is in search of a way to break free, a female-orientated theme that currently seems to be very fashionable in French films (see, for example, Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
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]
, On My Way [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, If You Don’t, I Will [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
, Domestic Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
and Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
). Also featuring among the cast of the film are Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist (the hero of the Millennium trilogy).

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This Wednesday also sees Shellac distribute the highly original movie Sheep [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
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]
by Marianne Pistone and Gilles Deroo, winner of the Leopard for Best First Feature last year at Locarno, where the film also won the Special Jury Prize in the Filmmakers of the Present section. It will be shown in seven theatres.

Non-French European productions are represented by the Australian-British feature The Railway Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
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by Jonathan Teplitzky, unveiled in competition at San Sebastian, and starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman (read the review - Metropolitan Filmexport), and by The World Belongs to Us [+see also:
trailer
interview: Stephan Streker
film profile
]
by Belgian director Stephan Streker (starring Vincent Rottiers, Olivier Gourmet and Reda Kateb – nominated for the 2014 Magritte Awards in the Best Film category – read the news – watch the video interview [+see also:
trailer
interview: Stephan Streker
film profile
]
with the director - Zelig Films Distribution in 25 theatres).

Lastly, of note are the Franco-Isaeli co-production Cupcakes [+see also:
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]
by Eytan Fox (distributed by Ad Vitam), the documentary Sarajéviens by Damien Fritsch (Iskra), Débutants [+see also:
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film profile
]
by Juan Pittaluga (Les Films à Fleur de Peau) and the winner of the Golden Bear at the last Berlinale: the Chinese film Black Coal, Thin Ice by Diao Yinan (Memento Films Distribution).

(Translated from French)

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