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BERLINALE 2011 France

Julie Gavras’s Late Bloomers in official selection

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French/UK/Belgian co-production Late Bloomers [+see also:
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interview: Julie Gavras
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, the second feature by Julie Gavras, will have its world premiere at the 61st Berlin Film Festival (February 10-20, 2011) as a gala screening in the Berlinale Special programme in official selection.

Starring Isabella Rossellini, William Hurt, Joanna Lumley and Simon Callow, this romantic comedy (see news) centres on the difficulties of a couple faced with growing old together. Produced by Sylvie Pialat for Les Films du Worso (who also backed the director’s debut feature: Blame It On Fidel! [+see also:
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), the title was co-produced by UK company The Bureau, Belgium’s BE Films and Gaumont. The latter will release the film in France in May and is handling international sales.

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Late Bloomers completes the French contingent at Berlin, joining in official selection Michel Ocelot’s 3D animated film Tales of the Night [+see also:
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interview: Michel Ocelot
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(the only 100% French title in competition – co-production between Nord-Ouest Films, Studio O and StudioCanal, with the latter handling international sales); and Philippe Le Guay’s Service Entrance [+see also:
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, which will screen out of competition (Vendôme Productions, co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and SND, with the latter managing sales).

Also in competition are three minority French co-productions: Hungarian director Béla Tarr’s The Turin Horse [+see also:
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interview: Béla Tarr
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(co-produced by MPM Film – see news); Prize [+see also:
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by Mexico’s Paula Markovitch (co-produced by Mille et Une Productions, sold by Umedia); and Sleeping Sickness by Germany’s Ulrich Köhler (co-produced by Why Not Productions). Added to these are two co-productions screening out of competition in official selection: Unknown [+see also:
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by Spain’s Jaume Collet-Serra (co-produced by StudioCanal); and Pina [+see also:
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interview: Wim Wenders
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by Germany’s Wim Wenders (co-produced by Eurowide Film Production).

(Translated from French)

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