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Pascal Chaumeil hopes for second hit with Fly Me to the Moon

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- The director of Heartbreaker is back with a comedy starring Dany Boon and Diane Kruger

Pascal Chaumeil hopes for second hit with Fly Me to the Moon

After the success of Heartbreaker [+see also:
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in 2010 (3.8 million admissions in France), director Pascal Chaumeil, production company Quad, and distributor Universal have again joined forces and are hoping for a second hit with Fly Me to the Moon [+see also:
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(read more), a film today released in 651 French cinemas. With lukewarm reviews from the critics, this comedy starring Dany Boon and Diane Kruger (photo) based on the classic plot of a couple forced together will now have to do very well in terms of admissions to cover a budget of € 26.30m (The Heartbreaker was made on a budget of €8.71m, but Quad’s treasury has expanded a little since The Intouchables [+see also:
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). And the comedy will have competition in France’s currently very busy cinemas, with two notable heavyweights on many big screens: Skyfall [+see also:
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, a British co-production directed by Sam Mendes that kicked off with 1.23 million viewers in three days, and Laurent Titard’s Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
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, a film that has recorded 1.66 million admissions in 12 days. Meanwhile, Pascal Chaumeil has already set sail for new horizons with his first British film, A Long Way Down, currently in production (read more).

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Two titles co-produced by France, Luxembourg, and Belgium are also out in cinemas. Sandrine Bonnaire’s Maddened by his Absence [+see also:
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discovered at the Cannes Critics’ Week (read the review) has been distributed by Ad Vitam on 114 copies, while UGC Distribution has released Jérôme Cornuau’s psychological thriller La Traversée [+see also:
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in 107 cinemas. Starring Michaël Youn, Fanny Valette, and Emilie Dequenne, this title produced by Films du 24 tells the strange, intriguing tale of the reappearance of a young girl who had disappeared two years before.

Other European films this Wednesday include Spanish filmmaker Montxo Armendariz’s Don’t Be Afraid [+see also:
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(Iberi Film Distribution in 16 cinemas) and two French co-productions, Iranian director Massoud Bakhshi’s A Respectable Family (praised by the critics at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight – distribution: Pyramide) and Thai director Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Headshot (Wild Side Films and Le Pacte), as well as two documentaries: Jihane Chouaib’s Pays rêvé and Julien Després’ Profession Journaliste.

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(Translated from French)

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