Emmanuelle Devos hops on the train in Just a Sigh
- The actress lights up Jérôme Bonnell’s film, alongside Gabriel Byrne. Also on screens this week, films by Bellocchio, Alper and Allouache
Discovered in competition in Rotterdam in 2003 with Olga's Chignon and winner of the Jean Vigo Prize in 2005 with Pale Eyes [+see also:
interview: Jérôme Bonnell
interview: Nathalie Boutefeu
film profile], Jérôme Bonnell pursues his cinematographic path nourished by delicate sensations with Just a Sigh [+see also:
film profile] (article), launched today by Le Pacte on 142 screens with the quasi-unanimous support of critics.
This romantic chronicle of a special day in the life of a woman, an actress passing through Paris, is a Franco-Belgian-Irish coproduction featuring the exceptional actress Emmanuelle Devos and Irish star Gabriel Byrne. It has been selected for the World Narrative Feature competition in the next Tribeca Film Festival (from April 17th to 28th).
“These characters are halfway through their lives, each shaken by very personal emotions," explains Jérôme Bonnell. "Characters who are caught by surprise by their own sentimentality, when they believed they could look at things with a certain hindsight, a certain experience. They even go so far as to imagine changing their lives.” A love-story/suspense movie born of simple looks exchanged on a train and fleeting moments ideal for the finesse of a director who, at 35, has already directed five feature films.
Amongst the other new items this Wednesday, Dormant Beauty [+see also:
interview: Marco Bellocchio
film profile] stands out, directed by Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio who was discovered in competition in Venice, with Toni Servillo, Isabelle Huppert and Maya Sansa in the cast (distribution Bellissima Films on 62 screens). Also worth noting, Beyond the Hill [+see also:
interview: Emin Alper
film profile] by Turkish director Emin Alper, a promising first feature film (Special Mention last year at the Berlinale’s Forum - Memento Films Distribution on 22 screens) and The Repentant [+see also:
interview: Merzak Allouache
film profile] by Merzak Allouache, appreciated at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2012 (Sophie Dulac Distribution on 12 screens). Finally, an intense controversy has been sparked off by the very disturbing documentary The Act of Killing by Joshua Oppenheimer (article - ZED on 5 screens), while StudioCanal releases the British comedy I Give It a Year [+see also:
film profile] by Dan Mazer on 255 screens.
While it has not really won the favours of the press, Des gens qui s'embrassent [+see also:
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile] by Danielle Thompson (with Eric Elmosnino, Monica Bellucci, Kad Merad, Valérie Bonneton, Lou de Laâge and Max Boublil) is nevertheless popular among operators, as it is being released in 493 cinemas via Pathé Films. The list is completed by the Franco-Portuguese coproduction Photo [+see also:
film profile] by Carlos Saboga (Alfama Films in 11 cinemas) and three 100% French films: the unusual Casa nostra [+see also:
film profile] by Nathan Nicholovitch (Aramis Films on 11 screens), Blanche nuit [+see also:
film profile] by Fabrice Sébille (Les Films de la Butte in 12 cinemas) and the documentary Romanès by Jacques Deschamps (Hévadis Films).
(Translated from French)
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