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Cannes participants Valley of Love and Mustang land in theatres

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- The films by Guillaume Nicloux and Deniz Gamze Ergüven stand out on this week’s cinema listings; also making an appearance are Short Skin and The Duke of Burgundy

Cannes participants Valley of Love and Mustang land in theatres
Valley of Love by Guillaume Nicloux

While attendance levels in French theatres, which have been a little lacklustre of late, have found their feet again thanks to the US blockbuster Jurassic World (the best opening weekend of the year), and while The Measure of a Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Stéphane Brizé
film profile
]
(with a total of 708,000 admissions) and Standing Tall [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile
]
(624,000 viewers) press on with their impressive runs, 12 new releases are hitting screens this Wednesday. 

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Standing out among them are two films that were popular at Cannes. Valley of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Guillaume Nicloux, which was unveiled in competition, with its fascinating duo of lead actors Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu, is released by Le Pacte in 191 theatres. Meanwhile, Mustang [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile
]
by Turkish director Deniz Gamze Ergüven, the true revelation of the Directors’ Fortnight (with the Europa Cinemas Label into the bargain and sales all around the world, courtesy of Kinology), is being distributed by Ad Vitam in 130 cinemas.

Non-French European production also takes centre stage with Short Skin [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Duccio Chiarini
film profile
]
by Italy’s Duccio Chiarini (read the review and the interview), a feature debut that began its life at the Biennale College - Cinema and was selected at Berlin in the Generation 14plus section (distributed by Epicentre across 20 screens). Also arriving in movie theatres is the British production The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by the highly original Peter Strickland, which was revealed at Toronto and is toplined by Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (co-distributed by The Jokers and Bac Films in 12 cinemas).

Three French feature debuts are also coming out today. Gaumont is releasing the buoyant crime film La résistance de l'air [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Fred Grivois (read the article – co-produced by Belgium), starring the ever-fantastic Reda Kateb in the lead role. Meanwhile, Pyramide is bringing out 54 copies of L'échappée belle [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Emilie Cherpitel, which sees a privileged, fickle, childless 30-year-old woman (Clotilde Hesme) stumble upon an 11-year-old boy (Florian Lemaire), who has never known his parents and is living in a hostel, and take him under her wing (an ElianeAntoinette production with a cast that also includes Peter Coyote, Clotilde Courau, Keziah Jones and Yannick Choirat). In addition, Les Films à Fleur de Peau is releasing the low-budget film Des pierres en ce jardin by Pascal Bonnelle, starring Aurélien Recoing.

Lastly of note are the documentaries Cavanna, jusqu'à l'ultime seconde, j'écrirai by Denis and Nina Robert (Rezo Films), and La ligne de couleur by Laurence Petit-Jouvet (production and distribution handled by Avril sa).

(Translated from French)

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