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Nicole Garcia presents Going Away

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- Also being released are the thriller Mea Culpa, the animated movie Jack and the Cuckoo-clock Heart and the Italian title Viva la libertà

Nicole Garcia presents Going Away
Louise Bourgoin and Pierre Rochefort in Going Away

With its attractive, summer-like poster in which the blue of the sea seems to invite you to drag yourself from the clutches of winter, Going Away [+see also:
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(read the article) by Nicole Garcia, released today by Diaphana in 190 theatres, features among the 13 new releases coming out this Wednesday in French cinemas. Rather popular among the majority of critics, the film, which places a major emphasis on its lead actors, Louise Bourgoin and Pierre Rochefort, delves into a story in which fragility and the human desire for a better life unfurl within the chaotic mess of scars and secrets from the past.

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With a hard-hitting and powerful cinematic experience by Fred Cavayé, the struggle against adversity again comes under the spotlight in Mea Culpa [+see also:
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, released by Gaumont across 326 screens and completing a trilogy which began with Anything for Her [+see also:
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(subsequently remade as The Next Three Days by Paul Haggis) and Point Blank [+see also:
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(which has two remakes in the pipeline, one of which is Korean and the other American; the latter’s development is being led by Mark Wahlberg). Still with Guillaume Lemans as the director’s co-scriptwriter, and a cast including Vincent Lindon and Gilles Lellouche, Mea Culpa does not skimp on action scenes and will definitely have a wide audience.

Also coming out in theatres is the innovative animated film Jack and the Cuckoo-clock Heart [+see also:
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by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla (produced and distributed by EuropaCorp), which will attempt to capitalise on the next school holidays to pull in a younger audience.

There has also been well-deserved critical praise for Viva la libertà [+see also:
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by Italian Roberto Ando (with Toni Servillo playing a double role – Bellissima Films in 48 cinemas) and for the Belgian-Franco-Swiss co-production Scouting for Zebras [+see also:
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by Belgian director Benoît Mariage (ARP Sélection in 160 theatres), which sees a brilliant Benoît Poelvoorde heading up the cast. Lastly, also being released are Goltzius and the Pelican Company [+see also:
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by English director Peter Greenaway (Epicentre Films in 23 cinemas) and the French productions Le casse des casses by Florian Hessique and Les variations by Macha Ovtchinnikova.

In terms of the box office, the Franco-Belgian animated film Miniscule - Valley of the Lost Ants [+see also:
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by the duo Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo had a great start to its run (selling almost 400,000 tickets over five days – distribution by Le Pacte), beating the US-British co-production 12 Years A Slave [+see also:
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by English director Steve McQueen (which sold 675,000 tickets altogether and enjoyed very steady sales in its second week - Mars Distribution). And while Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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by Jalil Lespert (which will be opening the Panorama at Berlinale) has been the biggest French success of the start of this year (with 1.37 million ticket sales over 25 days - distribution SND), Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
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by Solveig Anspach has also done well for itself, with 207,000 tickets sold over 12 days (distribution by Le Pacte).

(Translated from French)

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