Luxembourg titles on French screens
- House of Boys and Hot Hot Hot! are being distributed in neighbouring France
While it's very common for French films to be released in Luxembourg — where French is one of the official languages — and there are many Franco-Luxembourg co-productions that are at least partially shot in the Grand-Duchy, it's rare for majority Luxembourg productions to cross the border in the opposite direction.
But two recent Luxembourg films managed to achieve this, AIDS drama House of Boys [+see also:
film profile] (photo) from director Jean-Claude Schlim was released on 7 November in France by distributor Outplay and bitter-sweet comedy Hot Hot Hot! [+see also:
film profile] from Beryl Koltz will be released in France on 2 January 2013 by Mica Films.
House of Boys, which was released at the tail end of 2009 in Luxembourg and also won the Luxembourg Filmpräis for best feature that year, has been one of the most successful Luxembourg films on the international scene. The English-language feature stars Layke Anderson and Benn Northover as lovers in 1980s Amsterdam, when their idyllic love story, set against the backdrop of the eponymous male cabaret, is cruelly interrupted by the new disease.
Sold internationally by Moonstone Entertainment in Studio City, California, the film has been released in major territories, including the U.K. (Peccadillo Pictures ); the U.S. (Breaking Glass Pictures); Germany (Filmlichter) and Poland (Tongariro Releasing). It was released in the Benelux via Paradiso Entertainment.
Hot Hot Hot is also an English-language production and won the Filmpräis for best feature earlier this year. The film stars Rob Stanley and Joanna Scanlan and is set inside a huge amusement park, where a timid employee (Stanley) is moved to the spa section when his own department is closed.
The film, sold by Insomnia World Sales in Paris, has been a festival darling, making stops at Hamburg, Pusan, Gotham, Tirana and several French and Canadian film festivals.
Koltz also recentl y directed the music video for Mojo by French singer -M-, who discovered Hot Hot Hot at the Creteil Film Festival.
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