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UGC pins its hopes on Memories by Jean-Paul Rouve

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- Also featuring among the new releases are Far from Men, Bébé Tigre, Por aqui todo bem, The Cut and Wild Tales

UGC pins its hopes on Memories by Jean-Paul Rouve
Memories by Jean-Paul Rouve

In spite of the recent events that have plunged France into mourning, La famille Bélier [+see also:
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has continued its ascent to the upper echelons of the box-office charts and can now boast having taken 3.85 million admissions over 25 days (via Mars Distribution). In addition, 16 new releases are hitting screens this Wednesday, which serves as another testament to the sheer cinematic variety offered by the country’s movie theatres and, on the other hand, is bound to generate more intense and ruthless competition.

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Among the French productions being released today is the classic feel-good movie Memories [+see also:
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by Jean-Paul Rouve, which really hits the nail on the head. Teetering between a comedy and a tender drama, the actor’s third feature as director (following Sans arme, ni haine, ni violence [+see also:
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and Quand je serai petit [+see also:
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) stars Michel Blanc, Annie Cordy, Mathieu Spinosi and Chantal Lauby. Adapted by David Foenkinos from his novel of the same name (which has sold 350,000 copies and has been translated into 15 languages), the screenplay (which was co-written by the director) sees a young man head off in search of his grandmother, who has escaped from her retirement home. Produced by NoLiTa Cinema, the film is distributed by UGC in over 300 theatres and is sold abroad by TF1 International

There is another young man at the heart of the story of Cyprien Vial’s Bébé Tigre [+see also:
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, an accomplished feature debut that revolves around the misfortunes of a 17-year-old Indian Sikh who is an illegal immigrant in Paris (read the article) and is played to perfection by Harmandeep Palminder (distributed by Haut et Court across 40 screens). 

Three movies are arriving in France fresh from the latest Venice Film Festival: Far from Men [+see also:
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by David Oelhoffen (revealed in competition – read the review), with Viggo Mortensen and Reda Kateb toplining (Pathé in 94 cinemas); the French production The Smell of Us [+see also:
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by Larry Clark (which had its premiere in Venice Days and is completely dividing the critics – read the review - Jour2Fête in 24 theatres); and The Cut [+see also:
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by German director Fatih Akin (read the review, and watch the video interview with the director and the video interview with its lead actor, France’s Tahar Rahim), which Pyramide is releasing across 98 screens.

The brand-new distribution company JHR Films is pinning its hopes on 13 copies of the Portuguese production Por aqui todo bem by Angola’s Pocas Pascoal, a solid film about two girls wandering around Lisbon, which was triumphant at the Los Angeles Film Festival and won an award at IndieLisboa (read the article).

Also of note is the Spanish co-production Wild Tales [+see also:
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by Argentinian director Damián Szifron, whose gallows humour provided a real thrill for audiences at the Cannes competition in May last year (distributed by Warner); the French feature Sous X by Jean-Michel Correia (UPI); the British-Canadian title Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death [+see also:
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by Tom Harper (Metropolitan Filmexport); the Swedish animated film That Boy Emil [+see also:
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by Per Ahlin, Alicja Jaworski Björk and Lasse Persson (KMBO across 19 screens); and the German-Austrian-Israeli documentary Heinrich Himmler, The Decent One by Vanessa Lapa (ASC Distribution).

(Translated from French)

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