3D triple whammy in wide-ranging European line-up
With Pina [+see also:
interview: Wim Wenders
film profile] by Germany’s Wim Wenders (see review), Winx Club 3D: Magic Adventure [+see also:
film profile] by Italy’s Iginio Straffi (see review) and Titeuf [+see also:
film profile] by Switzerland’s Zep, three European 3D productions are hitting theatres today for a triple whammy unseen before in the young history of this new film exhibition technology.
The first film, unveiled at Berlin, is being launched on 77 screens by Les Films du Losange, while Rezo is releasing the second on 191 screens. However, French/Swiss animated co-production Titeuf gets the widest release on a 625 print-run through Pathé.
Comic book and television star, nine-year-old Titeuf is catapulted onto the big screen with his aerodynamic blonde streak, caustic humour, loose-tongued playground language, his gang of friends and his unattainable sweetheart. For his debut directorial feature, Zep, who created the character, has successfully transposed the mix of childhood adventures and Titeuf’s clumsy attempts to understand the adult world.
The director commented: "I’ve obviously taken into account the narrative codes characteristic of cinema which is a sort of ultimate dream for someone like me who tells stories. You hold all the cards. When you make a comic book, you give readers a lot of freedom. They choose their reading pace, the characters’ voices… In film, I can play with the sound, the voices, the feelings of certain gestures, or launch into imaginary sequences that would be out of place in a comic book."
This week’s line-up offers a varied range of European films. Ad Vitam is releasing an 80-print run of Italian director Daniele Luchetti’s Our Life [+see also:
film profile] (see review andvideo interview), which earned Best Actor Award for Elio Germano at Cannes; and Surreal Distribution is launching a 32-print run of Polish helmer Jerzy Skolimowski’s Essential Killing [+see also:
interview: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile], which won the Special Jury Prize and Best Actor (for Vincent Gallo) at Venice.
Also hitting theatres are Sylvain Fusée’s funny French swashbuckler spoof Les Aventures de Philibert, Capitaine Puceau (“The Adventures of Philibert, Captain Virgin”), which was shot in Barrandov Studios in Prague
and stars Belgian actor Jérémie Rénier (see news – Gaumont);
Diego Martinez-Vignatti’s Belgian/Argentinean/French/Dutch co-production The Tango Singer [+see also:
film profile] (see news – Tamasa Distribution on seven screens); and Werner Boote’s Austrian documentary Plastic Planet (Zootrope Films).
(Translated from French)
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