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A Prophet passes 1m mark

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A Prophet passes 1m mark

Winner of the Grand Prize at the latest Cannes Film Festival and the French hopeful in the nomination race for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet [+see also:
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has surpassed the 1m admissions mark after five weeks on release.

Launched by UGC Distribution on a 280-print run on August 26 and still showing on 358 French screens, the film has so far amassed €6m at the local box office. This despite its 155-minute run-time, which limits the number of daily screenings.

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Scheduled for release in Russia on October 8, A Prophet will hit screens in Italy on October 30, the UK on January 15, 2010, the Netherlands on February 4, the US on February 12 and Spain on February 19.

Christian Carion’s spy film Farewell [+see also:
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(with outstanding performances by Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet) has got off to a good start, attracting 260,000 viewers in its first week (Pathé Distribution on 457 screens).

Philippe Godeau’s One for the Road [+see also:
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, starring François Cluzet as a journalist determined to beat his alcohol addiction, has also started well, with 120,000 admissions in seven days (Wild Bunch Distribution on 201 screens).

Meanwhile, Gabriel Julien-Laferrière’s comedy Neuilly Sa Mère! [+see also:
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(“Neuilly His Mother!”) continues its impressive career. Still in fourth place in the weekly rankings after seven weeks on release (TFM Distribution on 469 screens), the film has garnered 2.13m admissions (€12.5m in takings, compared to its budget of €4.99m).

Finally, among the non-domestic European films, UK director Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank [+see also:
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interview: Andrea Arnold
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, which won the Jury Prize at Cannes 2009, is enjoying success with 102,000 viewers in two weeks (MK2 Diffusion on 124 screens).

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(Translated from French)

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