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FESTIVALS Hungary

French films showcased in Budapest

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Kicking off today in Budapest is the 13th French Film Festival, which is organised by Unifrance and will run until April 19.

The event will then continue until April 26 in eight provincial Hungarian cities: Debrecen, Eger, Pécs, Miskolc, Szeged, Kesckemét, Szolnok and Györ. Seven features will be presented in avant-première by six local distributors, who plan to release the films in theatres before the end of May.

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The festival line-up includes Dany Boon’s Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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(to be released by Best Hollywood on April 30), Christophe Barratier’s Paris 36 [+see also:
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(SPI Hungary), Éric Guirado’s The Grocer’s Son [+see also:
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(to be launched in theatres tomorrow by Anjou Lafayette), Laurent Cantet’s The Class [+see also:
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interview: Carole Scotta
interview: Laurent Cantet
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(April 23 - Cirko), Philippe Claudel’s I’ve Loved You So Long [+see also:
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(April 23 - Odeon), Jean-Paul Salomé’s Female Agents [+see also:
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(May 14 - Budapest Film) and Pierre Schoeller’s Versailles [+see also:
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interview: Geraldine Michelot
interview: Pierre Schoeller
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(May 7 - Budapest Film).

In 2008, 28 French productions and co-productions were released in Hungary, amassing almost 430,000 admissions. French titles thus claim third place among the best-performing films on Hungarian territory, after US and domestic works.

Last year’s three biggest French hits were Asterix at the Olympic Games [+see also:
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, Princess of the Sun [+see also:
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interview: Léon Zuratas
interview: Philippe Leclerc
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and Hunting and Gathering [+see also:
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.

Pierre Morel’s Taken [+see also:
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is currently still in sixth position in the weekly Hungarian box office rankings (after four weeks on release) and has garnered around 26,000 admissions. Meanwhile, Jérôme Salle’s Largo Winch [+see also:
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has attracted almost 14,000 viewers in five weeks.

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(Translated from French)

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