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Diverse, high-quality 10-strong European line-up

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Diverse, high-quality 10-strong European line-up

Standing out among the 13 features hitting French theatres today are ten European productions and co-productions representing a wide range of genres. This high-quality panorama takes in films from French director Delphine Gleize’s poetically subtle, critically-acclaimed The Moon Child [+see also:
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, starring Vincent Lindon (see news – distributed by Studio 37 and Rezo Films on 207 screens) to Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra’s thrilling action film Unknown [+see also:
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, which was unveiled out of competition at Berlin (see review). Mainly co-produced by Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the latter film, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, is being launched by StudioCanal in almost 350 theatres.

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French production also holds its own in terms of diversity with Alexandre Coffe’s funny detective comedy Borderline [+see also:
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, starring Belgian actor François Damiens (Bac Films on 179 screens); Raphaël Jacoulot’s subtly manipulative thriller The Night Clerk [+see also:
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(see news), featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Vincent Rottiers and Sylvie Testud (UGC Distribution in about 110 theatres); and Djamshed Usmonov’s suggestive film My Wife’s Romance [+see also:
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(see news), starring Léa Seydoux and Olivier Gourmet (Ad Vitam on 18 screens). Also in the line-up are two documentaries: Daniel Leconte’s incisive Le Bal des Menteurs (“The Liars’ Dance”), which looks back at the Clearstream affair (Happiness Distribution); and Vincent Glenn’s Indices (“Indexes”, distributed by Coopérative Direction Humaine des Ressources).

Three other European titles are putting in an appearance: Twentieth Century Fox is distributing Mark Romanek’s surprising Brit film Never Let Me Go [+see also:
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, starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield (see review), while Héliotrope Films is releasing a 18-print run of Uruguayan director Alvaro Brechner’s moving Spanish co-production Bad Day to Go Fishing [+see also:
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(see review and interview), which was unveiled in Cannes Critics’ Week 2009. Finally, ZED is launching a 30-print run of Aktan Arym Kubat’s gripping Kyrgyzstani/German/French/Dutch co-production The Light Thief [+see also:
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, which won acclaim in last year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and on the Piazza Grande at Locarno.

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