Mars distributes In the Name of My Daughter in 281 cinemas
by Fabien Lemercier
- Fidélité has the wind in its sails at the box office as it releases André Téchiné’s film that was unveiled at Cannes; also hitting screens is The Bridges of Sarajevo
One week is very similar to the next for the production outfit Fidélité Films (headed by Marc Missonnier and Olivier Delbosc). With two of its titles having already been distributed by Wild Bunch and doing very well at the box office – French Women [+see also:
film profile] by Audrey Dana (1.2 million admissions in almost six weeks) and Nicholas on Holiday [+see also:
film profile] by Laurent Tirard (754,000 viewers in five days) – the Paris-based firm is today releasing 281 copies of a third production in movie theatres, via Mars Distribution: In the Name of My Daughter [+see also:
film profile] by André Téchiné.
Unveiled out of competition at the 67th Cannes Film Festival (read the review in French), the film stars Catherine Deneuve, Guillaume Canet and Adèle Haenel. Set against a backdrop of mafia manipulation in Nice in the mid-1970s, as the organisation struggles to take control of the Le Palais de la Méditerranée casino, In the Name of My Daughter focuses on the relationship that develops between the daughter of the owner of the establishment and a young, power-hungry, go-getting lawyer – a manipulative affair that throws the future of the casino into turmoil and unlocks a dramatic mystery.
Also making a beeline to screens straight from the Croisette (where it was shown in a Special Screening of the Official Selection) is the omnibus film The Bridges of Sarajevo [+see also:
film profile] (read the review), distributed by Rezo in three theatres and directed by 13 filmmakers: Aida Begic, Ursula Meier, Angela Schanelec, Teresa Villaverde, Isild Le Besco, Kamen Kalev, Cristi Puiu, Sergei Loznitsa, Vladimir Perisic, Vincenzo Marra, Leonardo Di Costanzo, Marc Recha and Jean-Luc Godard.
Also of note among the French productions are Ablations [+see also:
film profile] by young director Arnold de Parscau (read the article - Ad Vitam across 32 screens) and the comedy Fastlife, by and starring Thomas Ngijol, who has worked on his own for the first time with this film, after having shared his previous success with Fabrice Eboué for Case départ [+see also:
film profile] and Crocodile from Botswanga [+see also:
film profile] (a Mandarin Cinéma production – distributed by Europacorp Distribution).
Lastly, A3 Distribution is bringing out So Much Water [+see also:
film profile], by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge, in seven cinemas; it was unveiled last year in the Berlinale Panorama (read the review).
(Translated from French)