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Gaumont releases The Connection across 644 screens

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- Cédric Jimenez’s slick thriller is sharing the cinema listings with Paddington, as well as works by Leigh, Cantet, Aladag and Mundruczo

Gaumont releases The Connection across 644 screens
The Connection by Cédric Jimenez

Thanks to the go-getting attitude of its distributors, the dense coverage of its cinema network and the open-mindedness of its exhibitors, France is indisputably one of the most enterprising countries when it comes to showcasing cinematic diversity. Even if there is a flip side to the coin (a releases logjam, a high turnover of titles, disorganised media coverage of the marketing for movies, the heightened brutality of successes and failures, and so on), no film-lover will be complaining about it. In fact, this Wednesday, which sees a top-notch range of new releases, is a fresh and dazzling testament to this dynamism.

Standing out this week are two European genre films that combine quality and commercial potential, and which are being released across a huge number of screens: the slick Franco-Belgian thriller The Connection [+see also:
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 (read the article) by Cédric Jimenez, starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche in the leads (distributed by Gaumont in 644 theatres), and the British-French family comedy Paddington by Paul King (distributed by StudioCanal), which has got off to a flying start in the UK.

Arthouse titles are also causing sparks to fly, including two films that won awards at Cannes: the splendid Mr Turner [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Mike Leigh
film profile
]
 by English director Mike Leigh (which earned Timothy Spall the Best Actor Award on the Croisette - Diaphana in 143 cinemas) and the fascinating White God [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Kornél Mundruczó
film profile
]
 by Hungarian filmmaker Kornel Mundruczo (which won the Un Certain Regard Prize - Pyramide across 50 screens).

Quality is also assured with Return to Ithaca [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Cantet
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, the “Cuban” feature by the ever-captivating French filmmaker Laurent Cantet (presented at Toronto and the winner of the Venice Days Award – Haut et Court in 60 theatres), the refreshing God Help the Girl [+see also:
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 by Scottish director Stuart Murdoch (better known as the frontman of the pop group Belle and Sebastian - Sundance - MK2 Diffusion in four cinemas) and two movies that were revealed in competition at Berlin: the exploratory Inbetween Worlds [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Feo Aladag
film profile
]
 by Germany’s Feo Aladag (Eurozoom in 15 cinemas) and the blistering Praia do futuro [+see also:
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 by Karim Aïnouz (read the review – a co-production between Brazil and Germany – Epicentre Films across nine screens).

Lastly of note is the accomplished, sensitive and educational French film Once in a Lifetime by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (read the article – UGC Distribution in around 150 theatres), the comedy Repas de famille by Pierre-Henry Salfati (Kanibal Distribution in 250 cinemas) and the Franco-Swiss documentary Iranian [+see also:
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festival scope
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]
by Mehran Tamadon (distributed by ZED).

(Translated from French)

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