Me Myself and Mum is on a mission
- The French market is expecting Guillaume Gallienne’s film like the messiah. Also on screens, the fun and caustic Borgman
Propelled by Gaumont today in 526 French cinemas, the hilarious and smart comedy by Guillaume Gallienne, Me Myself and Mum [+see also:
film profile], the revelation of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is raising expectations among French theatre operators who hope it will energize the box-office, which is doing better since the beginning of autumn. It is worth noting that this first feature directed by the member of the Comédie Française (who also exceptionally plays the two lead roles, that of a son looking for his identity and that of his mother), has been purchased for Germany (Concorde), Italy (Eagle), Spain (A Contracorriente), Belgium (Victory), Switzerland (JMH), Portugal (Lusomundo), Greece (Odeon), the CIS, Brazil, Hong-Kong, Taiwan and South Korea. According to Yohann Comte from Gaumont’s international sales team, "Me Myself and Mum is selling very well because people love it straight away as there is no equivalent film or evident reference besides some Almodóvar movies. But the humour and the emotion resonate with the distributors who are creative and passionate enough to give it a go”.
Humour also, but in a Kafkaesque version, for the fun, caustic and fascinating Borgman [+see also:
interview: Alex van Varmerdam
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile] by Dutch filmmaker Alex Van Warmerdan, unveiled in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and distributed by ARP Sélection on 30 screens.
Also in theatres, the Franco-Israeli production Victor Young Perez by Jacques Ouaniche (who also produced the film) which tells the story of the exceptional destiny of a Jewish Tunisian boxer who won the world title in the flyweight category and later died in deportation in January 1945. In the lead roles of this film distributed on 170 screens by Océan Films, we find Brahim Asloum (Olympic boxing champion in 2000 and winner of a world title in 2007) and Steve Suissa.
Finally, animation makes an appearance this Wednesday with two quality features. Gaumont releases in 428 cinemas Magic Snowflake [+see also:
film profile] by French director Luc Vinciguerra that The Weinstein Company just purchased at the AFM for North America and the UK, while Cinéma Public Films bets 20 screens on The Apple and the Worm by Danish filmmaker Anders Morgenthaler (read the interview) which makes it to France four years after its domestic release.
(Translated from French)
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