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French cinema heads to Tokyo

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Encouraged by the $25m grossed in seven weeks in Japan by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud’s Oceans [+see also:
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, French cinema will hit Tokyo this Thursday for the 18th French Film Festival in Japan, organised by Unifrance (see video interview with managing director Régine Hatchondo).

The event, which will last from March 18-22, will screen 15 features, including nine that have already been bought by local distributors. The line-up is headed by several films launched at Cannes, including Jacques Audiard’s A Prophet [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
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; Laurent Cantet’s The Class [+see also:
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interview: Carole Scotta
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(to be released in Japanese theatres in June); Alain ResnaisWild Grass [+see also:
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; Arnaud Desplechin’s A Christmas Tale [+see also:
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; Gaspard Noé’s Enter the Void [+see also:
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; and Mia Hansen-Love’s Father of My Children [+see also:
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interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
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The programme also includes Hadewijch [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont (who will give a Cinema Lesson); Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert [+see also:
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interview: Radu Mihaileanu
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; Catherine Corsini’s Leaving [+see also:
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; Jean-Pierret Jeunet’s Micmacs [+see also:
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; and Cédric Kahn’s Regrets [+see also:
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Finally, the line-up is completed by Christopher Thompson’s Bus Palladium [+see also:
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(to be released in France this Wednesday); Nicolas Boukhrief’s Sphinx [+see also:
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(release date: April 7); Stijn Coninx’s Sister Smile [+see also:
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; and Benoît Pétré’s Thelma, Louise and Chantal [+see also:
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(launched in France ten days ago).

Presided by Jane Birkin, the artistic delegation will comprise 12 of the 15 directors and several actors, including Cécile de France, Matthieu Amalric and Anne Consigny. They intend to win over Japanese audiences, in a country where French cinema admissions picked up last year after a difficult 2008 season (€7.5m in takings). In 2009, 49 French features were distributed in Japanese theatres (amassing €26.2m in takings), including hits like Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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(almost 600,000 admissions).

(Translated from French)

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