Le Pacte launches Bright Days Ahead on 274 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
- Very good press for Marion Vernoux’s film starring Fanny Ardant. Also on the bill Eat, Sleep, Die by Gabriela Pichler
Three French comedies are fighting for the public’s attention this Wednesday in very different registers. But it is the funny and creative Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
film profile] by Marion Vernoux (article) with Fanny Ardant (photo) as a recently retired woman who reinvents her love life which wins the favours of the critics. Launched by Le Pacte on 274 screens, this Films du Kiosque production (currently very busy – read the news) is also (very well) played by Laurent Lafitte and Patrick Chesnais.
As for Mars Distribution, it is releasing Homeland [+see also:
film profile] by Mohamed Hamidi in 188 cinemas with Jamel Debbouze and Tewfik Jallab in the cast. Managed by Quad Productions and Kiss Films, the feature film follows a young Frenchman visiting Algeria, where his father was born, for the first time at the age of 26, falling in love with the country but finding himself stuck there after a dishonest cousin steals his passport.
A comedy also for Joséphine [+see also:
film profile] by Agnès Obadia, based on the cartoon of the same name by Pénélope Bagieu, which counts on Marilou Berry in the main role of a single young woman who does not feel good about herself and invents her own love affair (a Les Films du 24 – UGC production in 305 cinemas).
Non-French European cinema unveils a promising rising star: Swedish director Gabriela Pichler with Eat, Sleep, Die [+see also:
interview: China Ahlander
interview: Gabriela Pichler
interview: Nermina Lukac
film profile], rewarded in the Critics’ Week at the last Mostra in Venice (ASC Distribution on 20 screens). Also now in theatres, The Look of Love [+see also:
film profile] by English director Michael Winterbottom, discovered at Sundance and screened out of competition in Berlin (Pretty Pictures on 60 screens).
It is also worth noting Offline [+see also:
film profile] by Belgian director Peter Monsaert (news), who triumphed at the last Amiens Film Festival (distribution Mica Films in three cinemas) and the Luxembourg-Franco-Germano-Belgian coproduction Belle du Seigneur [+see also:
film profile] (see the making of) by Glenio Bonder (who died during the film's production), based on the novel by Albert Cohen and starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyer (Océan Films Distribution on 115 screens).
This Wednesday’s list is completed amongst others by the documentary Bambi [+see also:
film profile] by Sébastien Lifshitz, presented in the Panorama at the last Berlinale (Epicentre Films on six screens).
In the box-office, which is still being buffeted by American blockbusters, The Past [+see also:
film profile] by Asghar Farhadi (review – Best Actress Award in Cannes for Bérénice Bejo) continues to do well with 830,000 admissions in 33 days, while Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
interview: Alain Guiraudie
film profile] by Alain Guiraudie hasbegun its career with agreat average per screen (especially in Paris), attracting 31,000 spectators in five days.
(Translated from French)
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