ARP Sélection launches The Congress in 111 cinemas
by Fabien Lemercier
- A vast European coproduction, Ari Folman’s surprising film arrives on screens besides the social comedy Les reines du ring amongst others
While the Fête du Cinéma organized in all French theatres since Sunday ends today (3.50 euros flat rate for each screening) in a panorama dominated in the box office by the American animated blockbuster Despicable Me 2 (1.01 million admissions in 5 days) which was co-directed by French director Pierre Coffin and benefitted from the international tax credit attributed by the CNC to Illumination Mac Guff, 11 new films arrive on screens this Wednesday.
Amongst them The Congress [+see also:
film profile] stands out by Israeli director Ari Folman, a great attraction in the opening of the last Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes (read the review). Praised by a number of critics and giving rise to some perplexity because of the style of its animation, the feature film coproduced by Germany, Luxembourg, France, Poland, Belgium and Israel is launched by ARP Sélection in 111 cinemas.
As for Warner, is bets massively (405 cinemas) on female wrestling and a French social comedy which also has its own supporters and detractors: Les reines du ring [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Marc Rudnicki (article), notably played by Marilou Berry, Nathalie Baye, Audrey Fleurot and Corinne Masiero.
Other new French films include Pour une femme [+see also:
film profile] by Diane Kurys (review - EuropaCorp in 278 cinemas), Jeunesse by Justine Malle (review - starring Esther Garrel - Pyramide on 10 screens) and La dernière recrue [+see also:
film profile] by Luc Murat (distributed by Dopamyne Films on 12 screens). It is also worth mentioning a curious event with the release by ED Distribution in six cinemas of the first feature film (dating back to 1995) by Italian directors Daniele Cipri and Franco Maresco: Lo Zio de Brooklyn.
In the box-office, two French films stand out: Joséphine [+see also:
film profile] by Agnès Obadia (353,000 admissions in 12 days) and Les Beaux jours [+see also:
film profile] by Marion Vernoux (294,000 admissions in 12 days - article) which will be released tomorrow in the Netherlands.
(Translated from French)
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