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London to enjoy Rendez-vous with French Cinema

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Alain Resnais, Radu Mihaileanu, François Ozon, Joann Sfar and Catherine Corsini are making the trip to London where their latest films will be presented at the Curzon Soho, BFI Southbank and Ciné Lumière as part of the Rendez-vous with French Cinema, which kicks off today and runs until June 11. The five directors and actors Kristin Scott Thomas and Louis-Ronan Choisy will meet with UK audiences in order to ensure optimum promotion for films that are about to be released in UK theatres.

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Selected, in close collaboration with local distributors, by Unifrance (who organise the Rendez-Vous in partnership with the French Embassy and French Institute in London), six features are included in the line-up: Resnais’s Wild Grass [+see also:
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(to be released on June 18 by New Wave Films); Corsini’s Leaving [+see also:
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(Metrodome – July 9); Mihaileanu’s The Concert [+see also:
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(Optimum Releasing – July 16); Je T’aime, Moi Non Plus [+see also:
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by Sfar (see video interview – Optimum, July 30); and Ozon’s The Refuge [+see also:
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(see video interviewArtificial Eye, August 13). The programme is completed by a remastered version of Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless (Optimum).

Other French films hitting UK screens this summer are Benoît Jacquot’s Villa Amalia [+see also:
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on June 25 (distributed by Peccadillo Pictures); Pascal Chaumeil’s Heartbreaker [+see also:
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(Revolver Entertainment) and Claire Denis’s White Material [+see also:
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(Artificial Eye) on July 2; Rachid Bouchareb’s London River [+see also:
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on July 9 (Trinity Filmed Entertainment); Catherine Breillat’s Blue Beard [+see also:
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on July 16 (New Wave Films); and Andrew Kotting’s French/Swiss co-production Ivul [+see also:
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on July 23 (Artificial Eye).

They will be followed by Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [+see also:
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on August 6 (Soda Pictures); Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist on August 20 (Warner Bros. [+see also:
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); Kim Chapiron’s Dog Pound on August 27 (Optimum); Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher’s The Horde [+see also:
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(Momentum Pictures) and Abbas Kiarostami’s Certified Copy [+see also:
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(Artificial Eye) on September 3; and finally, Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec [+see also:
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(Optimum) on September 17.

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(Translated from French)

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