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La Tête de Maman in a whirl of 16 new releases

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La Tête de Maman in a whirl of 16 new releases

With today’s release of Carine Tardieu’s La Tête de Maman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(see article), Christophe Rossignon’s Nord-Ouest Production is hoping to repeat the success had by its past three consecutive releases (Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Azur & Asmar [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Merry Christmas [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Christian Carion
interview: Christophe Rossignon
film profile
]
).

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Starring Karin Viard, Chloé Coulloud, Kad Merad and Pascal Elbé, the director’s debut feature, which opens on 236 screens through UGC Distribution, faces tough competition from no less than 15 new releases.

Three other French productions feature among this plethora of releases, including Berlin title Don’t Touch the Axe [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
from the ever subtle Jacques Rivette (see article, dist. Les Films du Losange , 51 prints); fantasy teen movie Hellphone [+see also:
trailer
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]
by James Huth (Brice de Nice [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), on release through StudioCanal on 431 screens; and Antoine Léonard Maestrati’s documentary L'Avenir est ailleurs (lit. “The Future is Elsewhere”).

With eight (co-)productions, European cinema is out in force and quality in French theatres this week. CTV International is distributing 20 prints of the Norwegian helmer Jens Lien’s impressive The Bothersome Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jens Lien
interview: Jørgen Storm Rosenberg
film profile
]
, which screened at the 2006 Cannes Critics’ Week (see Focus). Magrytte and Alexart Films is releasing 10 prints of Italian director Cristina Comencini’s Don’t Tell [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which was Italy’s entry for the 2005 Academy Awards nominations and won Giovanna Mezzogiorno Best Actress at the 2005 Venice Film Festival (see article and interview).

Meanwhile, new outfit Jour2Fête marks its distribution business with a 24-print release of Detlev Buck’s Tough Enough [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(see article), winner of the 2006 Silver Lola for Best Film at the annual German Film Awards.

Co-productions hitting screens include Chris Noonan’s US/UK title Miss Potter [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(see article), which opens on an impressive 321 screens through Bac Films, and Gerardo Olivares’ German/Spanish feature The Great Match, out on 14 screens (Océan Films).

Other releases include Julia Loktev’s US title Day Night Day Night [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, co-produced by Germany’s ZDF and France’s ARTE (dist. ID Memento); Matías Bize’s German/Chilean title In Bed (Colifilms Distribution); and Alain Zaloum’s joint Canadian/UK production C'est pas moi !... (lit. “It Isn’t Me!”).

(Translated from French)

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