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Le Pacte brings out The Brand New Testament in 380 theatres

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- Jaco Van Dormael’s film is getting a very impressive release; Mediterranea, Vanity and Cemetery of Splendour are also hitting screens

Le Pacte brings out The Brand New Testament in 380 theatres
The Brand New Testament by Jaco Van Dormael

Having been revealed in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the off-the-wall comedy The Brand New Testament [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jaco van Dormael
film profile
]
by Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael (read the interview with the filmmaker) is now benefiting from a substantial release across French screens, as Le Pacte is distributing it in 380 theatres today. Co-produced by French outfit Après le déluge together with Luxembourg and Belgium, the film’s cast includes such names as Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Poelvoorde, Yolande Moreau and young actress Pili Groyne.

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Three other films screened on the Croisette in May are also jostling for space on the cinema listings today. Haut et Court is releasing 29 copies of Mediterranea [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jonas Carpignano
film profile
]
by Italy’s Jonas Carpignano, which was unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week and is among the three finalists for the European Parliament’s LUX Prize 2015. Meanwhile, Happiness Distribution is bringing out Vanity [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Lionel Baier
film profile
]
by Swiss director Lionel Baier (read the interview – co-produced by Paris-based outfit Les Films du Poisson) in 40 cinemas; the film was presented on the Croisette in the alternative ACID selection before being screened at Locarno, in the Piazza Grande. Lastly, Pyramide is distributing the hypnotic Cemetery of Splendour [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul (co-produced by French company Ana Sanders Films together with the UK, Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea) in 69 theatres, after it had its world premiere in Un Certain Regard.

Also worth noting is the release of the Franco-Belgian-Luxembourgish thriller La volante [+see also:
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by Christophe Ali and Nicolas Bonilauri (read the article), toplined by Nathalie Baye, across 158 screens, courtesy of Bac Films. The overview of new European releases is rounded off by Colloques by Emmanuel Plasseraud (one theatre, via Les Films du Saint-André-des-arts) and the documentary Esto es lo que hay by Léa Rinaldi (JHR Films in 23 cinemas).

At the box office, the Cannes Palme d’Or winner Dheepan [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Jacques Audiard
film profile
]
by Jacques Audiard has got off to a good start, taking 166,000 admissions in five days (UGC Distribution), and Family to Rent [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Jean-Pierre Améris has racked up 451,000 admissions over 12 days (distributed by StudioCanal). 

(Translated from French)

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