Happy holidays from European cinema
A total of 16 European films will be released in French theatres over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. The aim of this audacious programming schedule is to head off competition from Hollywood blockbusters.
The project gets underway on 18 December when eight Euro-features will hit more than 840 Gallic screens, with the lion’s share going to domestic productions like Mon Idole, by and with Guillaume Canet, Le Papillon by Philippe Muyl and starring Michel Serrault and Un monde presque paisible [+see also:
film profile] by Michel Deville, starring Clotilde Courau. French filmgoers will also have the opportunity to enjoy Spanish master-filmmaker Carlos Saura’s delicious Salomé ; Italian Luciano Emmer’s Una lunga, lunga notte d’amore, Hugo Santiago’s Franco-Portuguese co-production entitled Le loup de la côte Ouest, Norwegian documentary Cool and Crazy by Knut Erik Jensen and Franco-Danish cartoon, and L’enfant qui voulait être un ours by Jannick Hastrup.
Four features are scheduled for release on to 230 screens on Christmas Day. They include British "outsider", Ali G by Mark Mylod (150 prints). The other titles are Novo by Jean-Pierre Limosin, starring what is probably EuroCinema's hottest couple of the moment: Anna Mouglalis and Spain’s Eduardo Noriega, Un petit cas de conscience by Marie-Claude Treilhou and Je chanterai pour toi by Jacques Sarasin.
A further four Euro-features are skedded for New Year’s Day onto 200 Gallic screens. They include Emanuele Crialese’s Respiro [+see also:
film profile], a Franco-Italian co-production, Spain’s The Dancer Upstairs directed by John Malkovich and co-starring Javier Bardem and Laura Morante, and two domestic productions, Une affaire qui roule by Eric Veniard and Un couple épatant [+see also:
film profile] by Belgium’s Lucas Belvaux, starring Ornella Muti.
(Translated from French)
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