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Angel leads contingent of European auteur films

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Angel leads contingent of European auteur films

All eyes are on European directors in French cinemas today, including François Ozon, Anthony Minghella, Dagur Kari, Albert Serra, Olivier Meyrou and Nikolaus Geyrhalter. Nine European (co-)productions are opening this Wednesday along with a Chinese film and four US titles in a year when domestic production is heading the field.

Indeed, the latest CNC estimates show a 58.9% market share for French films in January and February, compared to only 36.2% for US films and a mere 4.9% for films from other territories, despite the success of German helmer Florian Henckel Von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
interview: Ulrich Muehe
film profile
]
(see Focus), which has clocked up close to 800,000 admissions after six weeks on screens.

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However, Gallic titles still lead the way, with last week’s top four box office spots held by Olivier Dahan’s La Vie en Rose [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(4m admissions in four weeks), Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(almost 4.2m), Franck Mancuso’s Counter Investigation [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(272,000 filmgoers in five days) and Thomas Gilou’s Michou d’Auber [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(nearly 500,000 in two weeks).

Released today through Wild Bunch Distribution on 161 screens, Ozon’s Angel [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which screened in competition and as the closing film at the Berlinale this year (see article and interview), is hoping to jump on the bandwagon.

The three other French productions out today are Meyrou’s documentary Beyond Hatred [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, presented in the 2006 Berlinale Forum sidebar (see article, dist. Eurozoom, 19 prints), Jean-Pierre Mocky’s Le deal (dist. MDP) and Eric de Montalier’s debut feature My Place in the Sun [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, starring Nicole Garcia, Jacques Dutronc, Elodie Bouchez and André Dussollier (dist. StudioCanal).

Danish production Dark Horse [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by talented Icelandic filmmaker Kari is representing Northern Europe. The title, which screened in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival (see article), opens on 10 screens through Epicentre Films.

Kari, who first came to public acclaim with Noi the Albino, has already made his third feature, The Good Heart [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which was awarded the prestigious 2007 Sundance /NHK International Filmmakers Award at the Sundance Film Festival (see news).

Originality is also lined up with Capricci Films’ release of Catalan director Serra’s Honour of the Knights [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(9 prints), which screened at the 2006 Cannes Director’s Fortnight (see article).

Meanwhile, Geyrhalter’s Austrian documentary Our Daily Bread, about excess in the food industry, is being launched on 22 screens by new distributor KMBO.

Lastly, La Fabrique de Films is releasing 47 prints of Michael J. Bassett’s British-made horror Wilderness (see article), while BVI is distributing Minghella’s Breaking and Entering [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, starring Jude Law and Juliette Binoche, a UK co-production by Mirage Enterprises with US outfit The Weinstein Company for MGM.

(Translated from French)

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