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Jour de Fête bets on Miele

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- The distributor launches the film by Italian director Valeria Golino. Also on screens, My Soul Healed by You, Les conquérants and Rush

Jour de Fête bets on Miele

Discovered at the Certain Regard in Cannes and finalist of the LUX Prize 2013 of the European Parliament, Miele [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Valeria Golino
interview: Valeria Golino
film profile
]
(photo), the first feature as a director by Italian actress Valeria Golino arrives on French screens today. Much appreciated by critics who were notably seduced by the performance of Jasmine Trinca, the film, which explores the delicate topic of euthanasia, is distributed on a combination of 52 screens by Jour de Fête. Yet another good deal for the Parisian company still lifted by its recent successes with Danish film Royal Affair [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
interview: Nikolaj Arcel
film profile
]
(more than 250,000 admissions in France) and Swiss documentary More Than Honey [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Markus Imhoof
film profile
]
(which welcomed more than 135,000 spectators in France where it is still showing).  

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Etienne Ollagnier (who manages Jour de Fête with Sarah Chazelle) explained to Cineuropa the reasons that pushed him to distribute Miele: "we bought the film just before the Cannes Film Festival. It was a real favourite for the whole team. We didn’t know anything about the film when it was screened and it was better that way because it would have been silly to stop at the fact that the topic seemed difficult. Our work is now to make the public understand this. Because Miele is more about life than death and it is also a movie about a woman’s emancipation. For a first film, it is quite exceptional. We are releasing it on 52 screens, including ten in Paris, which is perfect. Valeria Golino was hugely solicited by the French press, first in Cannes, then in Paris where she came to give interviews for three days in August and three more days last week (with Jasmine Trinca)." In Jour de Fête’s line-up, other European films are worth noting such as Mercy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Matthias Glasner
film profile
]
by German director Matthias Glasner (appreciated last year in competition in Berlin) which will be released on November 6, the German production A Pact [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by talented and original French director Denis Dercourt (who now lives in Berlin) on January 8, 2014, and the award winner from Venice Via Castellana Bandiera [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Emma Dante
film profile
]
by Italian director Emma Dante (TBD).

Amongst this Wednesday’s new films, My Soul Healed by You [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by François Dupeyron also stands out, appreciated last Sunday in competition in San Sebastian (read the review - distribution Alfama Films on 160 screens), the sympathetic Les conquérants [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Xabi Molia (read the article - Pyramide in 66 cinemas) and the documentary Sur le chemin de l'école [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Pascal Plisson (which closed the Locarno Film Festival 2013 - distribution Walt Disney France in 193 cinemas).

As for European coproductions, it is worth mentioning the very efficient American-German-British film Rush [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
by Ron Howard, played amongst others by German actor Daniel Brühl, his compatriot Alexandra Maria Lara and Italian actor Pierfrancesco Favino (distribution Pathé Films in 302 cinemas), as well as the American-Spanish The Way, La route ensemble [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Emilio Estevez (distribution Version Originale/Condor in 110 cinemas).

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(Translated from French)

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