Paris or Perish for Reem Kherici
by Fabien Lemercier
- Gaumont launches this first feature film that sold very well internationally. Also on screens Aya de Yopougon and Chez nous c’est trois !
When the future of a trendy Parisian woman becomes the nightmare of an illegal immigrant. Maya is a young aspiring designer about to get a permanent job in the haute couture company where she works. But a police check and an expired residency permit send her back in less than 24 hours directly to Morocco, in a country and family she wanted to forget. Stigmas and culture shock: Maya will do everything she can to go back… First film directed and played by Reem Kherici, the comedy Paris or Perish [+see also:
film profile], produced by Mandarin Cinéma, was already sold in nearly 50 countries by Gaumont, which also handles the French release in 82 cinemas today.
As for UGC, it releases in 90 theatres the animated film Aya de Yopougon [+see also:
film profile] by duo Marguerite Abouet - Clément Oubrerie, an excellent adaptation of the cartoon series of the same name, which is set in a popular neighbourhood of Abidjan in the 70’s and whose heroine is a 19 year old young woman.
Also on screens today the friendly movie Chez nous c’est trois ! [+see also:
film profile] (read the article - distribution Rezo Films on 86 screens) by Claude Duty with Noémie Lvovsky in the role of a filmmaker lacking in creativity.
Three non-national European films are also in the game with Meteora [+see also:
film profile]by Greek director Spiros Stathoulopoulos, discovered in competition last year in Berlin (read the review - Potemkine Films on 20 screens), Un giorno speciale [+see also:
interview: Filippo Scicchitano and Giu…
interview: Francesca Comencini
film profile] by Italian director Francesca Comencini, discovered in competition at the Mostra in Venice in 2012 (read the review - Bellissima Films on 24 screens) and Metro Manila [+see also:
film profile] by British director Sean Ellis (coproduced with the Philippines), Prize of the Public in the World Cinema Dramatic section at Sundance 2013 (distribution Haut et Court in 34 theatres).
(Translated from French)
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