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StudioCanal launches L’écume des jours on 550 screens

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- Michel Gondry’s film makes a massive arrival on screens. Also in theatres this week, the surprise movie La cage dorée and feature films by Kormakur and Seidl

StudioCanal launches L’écume des jours on 550 screens

Borne along by its celebrity cast (Audrey TautouRomain DurisOmar SyGad Elmaleh), its director’s aura of originality and the cult nature of the novel of the same name by Boris Vian from which it is adapted, the Franco-Belgian coproduction L’écume des jours [+see also:
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 (article) by Michel Gondry (video interview [+see also:
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) is launched today by StudioCanal in 550 French cinemas. A massive release, which comes with measured compliments from critics who generally consider that the filmmaker’s very rich and visually appealing universe has taken too much notice away from the narrative elements. The film does not, however, lack fervent supporters who disagree with its detractors, everyone accepting the extreme difficulty of adapting the poetic work of Boris Vian to the screen.

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This Wednesday’s surprise is the social comedy La cage dorée [+see also:
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 by Ruben Alves, a first feature film produced by Zazi Films and distributed by Pathé in 288 cinemas. Written by the director with Jean-André Yerles and Hugo Gélin, the screenplay focuses on a couple of Portuguese immigrants, a concierge (Rita Blanco) and a building-site supervisor (Joaquim de Almeida), who have been living in one of Paris’s finer neighbourhoods for 30 years and suddenly inherit a house in Portugal. But they are so popular and well-integrated that no-one wants to see them leave, and they are not sure themselves whether they really want to...

Non-French European cinema is also very well-represented amongst the new releases with The Deep [+see also:
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 (review) by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur (Bac Films on 35 screens), Paradise: Faith [+see also:
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 and Paradise: Hope [+see also:
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 (review) by Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (respectively unveiled in competition in Venice – rewarded with a Special Prize – and in Berlin, Happiness Distribution on eight and seven screens), Hannah Arendt [+see also:
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 by German director Margarethe von Trotta (Sophie Dulac Distribution on 67 screens) and Bob et les Sex Pistaches by Swiss director Yves Matthey (Kanibal Films Distribution on five screens).

It is also worth mentioning two very good South American titles, discovered last year at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes: La Sirga [+see also:
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 (review, by Columbian director William Vega – coproduced by the French company Ciné Sud Promotion - Zootrope Films on 7 screens) and the German coproduction 3, chronique d’une famille singulière [+see also:
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 by Uruguayan director Pablo Stoll Ward (Epicentre Films on 14 screens).

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(Translated from French)

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