The Story of Judas and Leopardi charm the critics
by Fabien Lemercier
- The films by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche and Mario Martone shine brightly among the tantalising array of new European releases
In addition to the high-profile release of Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father [+see also:
film profile] (read the article), this Wednesday the cinema listings are brimming with a raft of new European releases that combine quality and variety. Even the most demanding critics have been enraptured by The Story of Judas [+see also:
film profile] by the fiercely independent Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche (read the article), a film unveiled at the most recent Berlinale (in the Forum section) and distributed by Potemkine Films in 42 theatres.
There have also been excellent reviews of Leopardi [+see also:
interview: Mario Martone
film profile] by Italy’s Mario Martone (read the review and the interview with the director). Popular in competition at Venice and starring Elio Germano in the lead role, the feature is being distributed by Paname Distribution across 31 screens.
The real revelation of last year’s Berlin competition, Jack [+see also:
film profile], by German director Edward Berger (read the review), also has its fair share of supporters (distributed by Diaphana in 28 cinemas), as do Astragalus [+see also:
film profile] by French filmmaker Brigitte Sy, toplined by rising stars Leïla Bekhti and Reda Kateb (read the article – Alfama Films in around 100 theatres), and the social thriller The Night Watchman [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre Jolivet, carried by an excellent performance by Olivier Gourmet (read the review – Ad Vitam across 125 screens).
In a completely different vein, and as part of a novel event linked to Wild Bunch’s e-cinema strategy (read the article), The Absent One [+see also:
film profile] by Denmark’s Mikkel Norgaard (read the news) is also landing in 111 theatres.
Lastly of note is the thriller Dark Places [+see also:
film profile] by French director Gilles Paquet-Brenner, an English-language film starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz and British actor Nicholas Hoult, co-produced by Paris-based outfit Hugo Films and released by Mars Distribution in over 200 cinemas.
(Translated from French)