Ariane’s Thread: a trademark fantasy from Robert Guédiguian
by Fabien Lemercier
- Diaphana launches an entertaining film from the Marseilles director with 126 copies. Xenia and The Two Faces of January are also released
Between two realist and involved feature films, Robert Guédiguian indulges and offers his signature actor Ariane Ascaride, a fun and dreamlike parenthesis classed as "fantasy": Ariane's Thread (read the article). Presented by the director as a "stakeless" film, produced "solely for the pleasure of doing it, completely freely" and based on "nonsense" and "poetry", Ariane’s Thread displays its charm in the wake of the Marseilles wanderings of its protagonist. Diaphana, which is distributing Guédiguian’s film today with 126 copies, is currently recording excellent results in cinemas with Two Days, One Night [+see also:
interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile] from the Dardenne brothers (453 000 ticket buyers in 26 days).
Among other news this Wednesday, non-national European production is featuring prominently with Xenia [+see also:
interview: Panos H. Koutras
film profile] from the Greek Panos H. Koutras, very well received recently at Cannes' Un Certain Regard (Pyramide Distribution with 53 copies), and with The Two Faces of January [+see also:
interview: Viggo Mortensen
film profile] from Hossein Amini (read the critique), a skilful adaptation of Patricia Highsmith unveiled out-of-competition in Berlin, lead by an "all star" casting (Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac) and launched by StudioCanal with 220 copies.
Cinema of the Old Continent is equally represented by Like the Wind [+see also:
interview: Marco Simon Puccioni
film profile] from the Italian Marco Simon Puccioni (starring Valeria Golino and Filippo Timi - Bodega Films in 26 cinemas) and by two documentaries: the Spanish Barefoot in the Kitchen [+see also:
film profile] from Diego Galan (Iberi Films Distribution in three cinemas) and the Franco-Italian Natural Resistance [+see also:
film profile] from Jonathan Nossiter (production Les Films du Rat - coproduction Cineteca di Bologna - distribution Rezo Films).
At the box-office Sous les jupes des filles [+see also:
film profile] from Audrey Dana got off to a good start with 579 000 ticket buyers in five days (Wild Bunch Distribution), as did the timeless comedy Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
film profile] from Philippe de Chauveron (9.2 million ticket buyers in almost nine weeks on show - UGC Distribution).
(Translated from French)