Yellow Dog bites at UK screens
by Annika Pham
30/06/2006 - Cave of the Yellow Dog [trailer], directed by Mongolian-born Byambasuren Davaa and produced by Germany’s Schesch Film, is the only ‘European’ film of the week, taking its chances on UK screens against six new US films and Japanese title Princess Racoon.
The docu-drama by the director of The Story of the Weeping Camel is being released by Tartan Films on 18 prints. According to Jules Hartung of the marketing department, the marketing campaign was put together in association with film education, targeting teachers and students between the ages of 9 and 13.
The release was also supported by a major national advertising campaign in the press and a targeted mail-out. The film, which won the 2006 German Film Award 2006, is being sold internationally by Telepool.
Other key arthouse films of the week are Michel Gondry’s music documentary Dave Chappelle’s Block Party, distributed by Optimum Releasing, Ira Sachs’ independent US film 40 Shades of Blue, released by Artificial Eye, which won Best Drama at Sundance 2005, and Seijun Suzuki’s kitsch musical Princess Racoon, released by Yume Pictures.