UFO Distribution launches Wrong Cops
by Fabien Lemercier
- The new film by offbeat director Quentin Dupieux has been released in 47 theatres. Also coming out are The Notebook, The Dead and the Living and Waltz for Monica
Following on from Steak [+see also:
film profile] (2007), Rubber [+see also:
film profile] (which featured at the International Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2010) and Wrong [+see also:
film profile] (which was in competition at Sundance 2012), today the outrageous Quentin Dupieux (known in the music world under the moniker “Mr Oizo”) makes his return to screens with Wrong Cops [+see also:
film profile]. Released across 47 theatres by UFO Distribution, the film, which stars Mark Burnham, Eric Judor and Marilyn Manson, recounts the zany misadventures of a Californian police squad consisting of cops who conduct themselves in an unwholesome and deranged manner. “I never try to be strange,” explains the director. “I came up with this film by following the same writing process as I always do, where I let my imagination run free, much like the surrealists’ style of automatic writing.” This is an absurd source of inspiration that is nevertheless a familiar one in the filmmaker’s universe, and this time it is, at first glance, tinged with more humour. This has given a final product that has served to divide the critics, who are now eagerly awaiting Dupieux’s next feature, Réalité, currently in post-production (read the article).
UFO Distribution has organised a number of original actions to accompany the release of Wrong Cops: every person who goes to see the film will receive 10 cm of Rubber’s film reel (while stocks last), and next weekend, an American police car sporting the colours used in the film will be driven around Paris and will be parked especially near the cinemas where the feature is scheduled to screen. Teams of men wearing sandwich boards will also be making an appearance, and special guests could be joining in the fun (for example, Erik Judor is getting ready to once again don his policeman’s uniform). Totem poles have also been set up in around 20 cinemas, and audiences will be able to have their photos taken as Wrong Cops. And that’s not to mention the 150,000 stickers being distributed and the competition taking place in theatres, on Facebook and on Twitter to win the Wrong Cops police badge.
Non-French European productions have a particular edge today, with The Notebook [+see also:
interview: Janos Szász
film profile] by Hungarian director Janos Szasz (an adaptation of the well-known eponymous novel by Agota Kristof, and which won at Karlovy Vary – distributed by Pretty Pictures in 25 theatres), The Dead and the Living [+see also:
interview: Barbara Albert
film profile] by Austria’s Barbara Albert (screened in competition at San Sebastian - Bodega Films in eight cinemas), the Swedish-Danish feature Waltz for Monica [+see also:
interview: Edda Magnason
interview: Per Fly
film profile] by Per Fly (read the interview with the director and watch the video interview with Shooting Star Edda Magnason - Chrysalis Films across 21 screens) and the horror film Dark Touch [+see also:
film profile] by Marina de Van (read the article - co-produced by Ireland, France and Sweden; KMBO in 61 cinemas).
Also of note are two French feature debuts: the endearing La pièce manquante [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Birkenstock (starring Philippe Torreton, Spaniard Lola Dueñas and revelation Armande Boulanger – read the article; distributed by Premium Films) and the comedy Situation amoureuse, c'est compliqué [+see also:
film profile] by the duo Manu Payet and Rodolphe Lauga (starring Payet and Anaïs Demoustier – distributed by StudioCanal).
Lastly, EuropaCorp is distributing its English-language production 3 Days To Kill by McG (starring Kevin Costner in the lead – see news), and the smorgasbord of new releases is completed by the Franco-Belgian co-production Le vertige des possibles [+see also:
film profile] by Vivianne Perelmuter, Dors mon lapin by Jean-Pierre Mocky (Panoceanic Films), and the documentaries Le souffle des dieux by Jan Schmidt-Garre and Chalvet, la conquête de la dignité by Camille Mauduech.
(Translated from French)
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