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RELEASES France

Nothing to Declare hits theatres

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Launched by Pathé Films on a huge 975-print run, Dany Boon’s Nothing to Declare [+see also:
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is creating a splash among the eight new releases hitting French screens today.

After his phenomenal hit Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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(20.4m admissions in France and a hugely successful Italian remake Welcome to the South [+see also:
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), the director-actor’s latest comedy has received extraordinary media attention which has hardly been dimmed by the lukewarm reviews. The film has already garnered over 470,000 admissions in five days on early release in northern France and Belgium (which co-produced the film). Moreover, Pathé has shown its total faith in Boon by signing a deal with him for three more features.

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Scripted by the director, Nothing to Declare stars Boon, Benoît Poelvoorde, Karin Viard and François Damiens, alongside Bouli Lanners and Olivier Gourmet, among others. Once again, it centres on a pair of complete opposites: two customs officers, a Frenchman and a Belgian, who have to work together when border posts are closed in 1993 as part of Europe’s Schengen Agreement.

This French/Belgian co-production was piloted by Pathé and Les Productions du Ch’timi in association with TF1 Films Productions and Scope Pictures. Its budget of around €22m included pre-acquisitions from Canal + and CinéCinéma, as well as backing from Wallimage.

This enormous release, for which Pathé spent almost €1.5m in marketing, has a rival for audiences: Tom Hooper’s outstanding, critically-acclaimed Brit feature The King’s Speech [+see also:
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, which has received 12 Oscar nominations (including Best Film and Best Actor for Colin Firth). It is being launched by Wild Bunch Distribution on 260 screens.

Quality European films are also to the fore with Damjan Kozole’s Slovenian Girl [+see also:
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(see video interview and newsEpicentre Films on ten screens); Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland’s A Somewhat Gentle Man [+see also:
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(Europa Cinemas Award at Berlin and top winner at Les Arcs European Film Festival – Chrysalis Films on 17 screens); and Romanian director Marian Crisan’s Morgen [+see also:
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(Special Jury Prize at Locarno – Les Films du Losange on ten screens).

French production is also represented in this week’s line-up by Lola Doillon’s In Your Hands [+see also:
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, starring Kristin Scott Thomas (see newsMars Distribution on 50 screens); Sarah Bouyain’s majority co-production The Place In Between (unveiled in Venice Days – see review and video interviewColifilms Diffusion on two screens); and Argentinean director Pablo Trapero’s minority co-production Carancho [+see also:
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, which won great acclaim in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2010 (Ad Vitam on 56 screens).

(Translated from French)

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