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France centre stage in Vienna

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- 9 unpublished films shown at Burg Kino from September 26. 5 of these will soon be out on release. The distributor Cinestar continues its promotion of French cinema

France centre stage in Vienna

The spotlight is being turned on French cinema at the hallowed halls of Viennese cinema, the Burg Kino. From September 26 to October 2, the distributor and operator, Cinestar, is organising the second edition of the French Cinema Week. There are 9 feature length films on the programme which have never been show before in Austria, with particular emphasis on the director, Claude Miller.

Cinestar is offering new opportunities for French cinema in Austria with this review. Up until now this distributor has mainly been concentrating on putting English language films on the Austrian market. But a year ago it started distributing quality French films like The Flower of Evil by Claude Chabrol and La ville est tranquille by Robert Guédiguian. French productions released in Austria are mainly limited to big blockbusters: in 2002, the 5 best performing French films were Astérix & Obélix, Mission Cleopatra (an audience of 267,000), 8 women [+see also:
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(116,000), Brotherhood of the Wolf (69,298), Winged Migration (60,162) and The Pianist [+see also:
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(37,371).
5 of the films being shown during the "Week" will be released in theatres immediately after the event. They are Demonlover [+see also:
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by Olivier Assayas and Irreversible by Gaspar Noé, which will be out in cinemas in November, That Day by Raoul Ruiz in December and Who Killed Bambi? by Gilles Marchand, released at the start of 2004. Claude Miller will be at Burg Kino to present La classe de neige and there’s a premiere of La Petite Lili which will be on Austrian screens on October 3.
The other three French films on the programme are: French Men by Marc Esposito, A Real Man by Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu and Effroyables jardins by Jean Becker.

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(Translated from French)

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