Palme d’Or leads European contingent
by Anne Feuillère
19/09/2007 - This week, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu’s Cannes-winning film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [trailer, film focus] (see Focus) leads a largely European contingent, with 10 new releases hitting screens, eight of which are European (co)productions.
In the wake of the release of a number of popular European auteur titles, such as Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [trailer], Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris [trailer, film focus] and Taxidermia [trailer] by Hungary’s Györgi Pálfi, Christian Thomas has added this gem to the catalogue of his distribution outfit IFD (Imagine Film Distribution). Just five years old, the company has the honour of releasing the Palme d’Or winner in 20 theatres across Belgium.
Two French productions, both distributed by Les Films de L'Elysée, open in Belgium this week: Boxes [trailer] by Serge Gainsbourg’s muse Jane Birkin, and L’âge d’homme... maintenant ou jamais [trailer], the second film by comedian Raphaël Fetjo, starring Romain Duris.
The title recently had a sneak preview at Brussels Movie Days (see news), which also screened British director Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart [trailer], opening in 25 theatres (Universal Pictures International).
Action films are also European this week, with three other British (co-)productions. Brunbro Films is releasing Dan Reed’s thriller Straightheads, a production by FilmFour, Lumina Films and Screen West Midlands.
BFD - Benelux Films Distributors is opening Doug Lefler's The Last Legion [trailer]. The title, featuring a star-studded cast (Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Peter Mullan, Kevin McKidd, John Hannah and Ian Glen), is another UK co-production, with Italy and France (see news), among others.
The Leuven Short Film Festival is screening ten European animated shorts that picked up awards at various festivals in a film entitled De Poetsprin. Unfortunately, the interesting initiative can currently only be seen in Flanders.
(Translated from French)