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Mars releases Crocodile from Botswanga across 400 screens

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- The diversity of European production is also being showcased with The Blocher Experiment, Only Lovers Left Alive and Gloria

Mars releases Crocodile from Botswanga across 400 screens
Crocodile from Botswanga by Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Steketee

France has seen a recovery in its admissions at the box office over the last two months, as well as a resurgence in young audiences’ attendance levels in January (perhaps a result of the new €4 tariff for screenings for the under-14s that was put in place by the exhibitors, much to the annoyance of the distributors – read the news). It is in this favourable context that, this Wednesday, Mars will release the comedy Crocodile from Botswanga [+see also:
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(read the article) by Fabrice Eboué and Lionel Steketee in 400 theatres. The duo, who scored a surprise hit in 2011 with their feature debut Case départ [+see also:
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(1.8 million admissions), is attempting to double its bets this time by combining football, Africa and a transgressive type of humour, very clearly setting it apart from the usual tone found in French comedies.

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Above all, the other new releases demonstrate Europe’s commitment to productions by top-quality filmmakers from all around the world. Le Pacte is distributing the British-German co-production Only Lovers Left Alive [+see also:
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by Jim Jarmusch across 128 screens, which was popular in competition at the Cannes International Film Festival (read the review), and stars Scottish actress Tilda Swinton and English actor Tom Hiddelston as attractive "vintage vampires". For its part, Ad Vitam is releasing 86 copies of the Spanish co-production Gloria [+see also:
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, by Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, which earned Paulina Garcia a very well-deserved Silver Bear for Best Actress last year in Berlin. Also being backed by the critics is the Israeli-Belgian-German co-production Bethlehem [+see also:
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, by Yuval Adler (watch the video interview), which was discovered at Venice Days 2013 and is being distributed by Diaphana in 20 theatres.

Europe is also excelling with the superb Swiss-French documentary The Blocher Experiment [+see also:
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by Jean-Stéphane Bron, unveiled in Locarno at a Piazza Grande screening (Les Films du Losange in 8 theatres); the German animated film Tarzan by Reinhard Klooss (distributed by Metropolitan Filmexport); the Belgian feature Mauvaise réponse by Frédéric Gibilaro (distributed by Cinéma Saint-André-des-Arts); and, of course, the American-German co-production Pompeii by Paul W. S. Anderson (distributed by SND). Lastly, the line-up is rounded off by two French productions: the fiction feature Les éléphants [+see also:
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by Manuel Saada (distributed by La Vingt-Cinquième heure) and the documentary Tout va bien, le 1er commandement du clown by duo Pablo Rosenblatt and Emilie Desjardins.

(Translated from French)

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