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Religion-themed comedy Who Wants to Be Loved? hits screens

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Religion-themed comedy Who Wants to Be Loved? hits screens

Dany Boon’s Nothing To Declare [+see also:
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(Pathé Films on 1,036 screens) and Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech [+see also:
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interview: Tom Hooper
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(Wild Bunch Distribution – 260-print run increased to 380 in its second week) have got off to a flying start at the box office, garnering admissions totalling 2.24m and almost 400,000, respectively, in their first five days on release in France. Meanwhile, nine features are hitting theatres today and will try to squeeze in between these two blockbusters.

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Standing out among the new releases is Anne Giafferi’s debut feature Who Wants to Be Loved? [+see also:
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Interview 1 Une histoire vraie [FR]
Interview 2 Un homme et un Dieu [FR]
Interview 3 La Cathechese [FR]
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, an adaptation of Thierry Bizot’s novel Catholic Anonymous. Starring Eric Caravaca, Arly Jover, Valérie Bonneton, Jean-Luc Bideau and Benjamin Biolay, the film humorously explores the religious revelation that takes hold of a brilliant 40-year-old lawyer, who lives happily with his wife and two beautiful children. This unexpected, irrational, overwhelming and rather shameful encounter with God will completely transform his relationship with those around him.

"I was interested in showing why and how someone "normal", meaning well-balanced and not particularly vulnerable, may in spite of themselves be touched by religious faith", commented the director. "The film plays with the clichés and prejudices often levelled at the Catholic Church. It gently pokes fun at religious believers, but also at those who have prejudices against religion. Of course, the film looks at spirituality, quest and a search for meaning, but these subjects are explored in a light-hearted and ironic way, without proselytism. I tried to find a balance between a rather serious subject and a genre tending more towards comedy."

Produced by Elephant Story for €3.5m, Who Wants to Be Loved? received co-production support from France 3 Cinéma and pre-acquisitions from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. The film is distributed by Haut et Court on a 100-print run.

Non-domestic European films are represented in this week’s line-up by Jasmila Zbanic’s On the Path [+see also:
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, which was unveiled in competition at last year’s Berlinale (see reviewDiaphana Distribution on 29 screens); Lapland Odyssey [+see also:
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by Finnish director Dome Karukoski (see video interviewDistriB Films on 143 screens); and German/French animated co-production The Sandman and the Lost Sand of Dreams [+see also:
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by Jesper Moller and Simen Sakagolu (Bac Films on 130 screens).

Finally, the line-up also includes Bui Thac Chuyen’s Vietnamese/French co-production Adrift [+see also:
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(distributed by Floris Films); and US director Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, featuring French actor Vincent Cassel.

(Translated from French)

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