by Anne Feuillère
Last week in Belgium was light, with "only" six new productions on the bill, this week, which is also a school holiday period, is very lively with a dozen new films on the screens of which eight are European.
And some of them are highly anticipated, such as the new film by Bertrand Blier with big star names, Monica Bellucci and Gérad Depardieu. How Much Do You Love Me?< (Combien tu m'aimes ), distributed on 18 prints by Les Films de L'Elysée, is a French co-production by Fidélité Productions on which Italian BIM Distribuzione participated. Two other French comedies starting off : Les Parrains by Frédéric Forestier with Gérard Darmon, Gérard Lanvin and much-missed Jacques Villeret on 18 prints from UIP as well as Victory Films who release Il était une fois dans l'Oued [+see also:
film profile] by Djamel Bensalah, a comedy about immigration. Finally, a fine couple Julien Boisselier and Julie Gayet complete the tour of French film invasion on the Belgian screens with Clara et moi, a film by Arnaud Viard, distributed by the Coopérative Nouveau Cinéma .
Two other films distributed by Cinéart-Cinélibre, who are part of a Focus by Cineuropa, also come out in the Belgian theatres, the French production Hidden [+see also:
interview: Margaret Menegoz
interview: Michael Haneke
film profile] (Caché) by Austrian Michael Haneke, crowned at the last Cannes festival and the production by Philippe Bober (Société Parisienne de Production, The Coproduction Office) with Belgians Tarantula and Mexico, and the second sulphurous feature by Carlos Reygadas, Battle in Heaven [+see also:
interview: Carlos Reygadas
interview: Jean Labadie
film profile]. Released last week in Holland, Warner Bros Belgium will attempt to attract a young public with Le Cheval de Saint-Nicolas (Het Paard van Sinterklaas) from young director Mischa Kamp and local boy, Dominique Deruderre could also draw the crowds with The Wedding Party (De Bloedbruiloft [+see also:
film profile]) which is attractive to the public since the film, premièred at the Gand Film Festival, is adapted from the comic-book of the same name by Herman and Jean Van Hamme, who collaborated on the screenplay. Production by Belgians MMG and by Diana Film, with German Typhoon Networks, Fanes Film, and Erfttal Film, the film is distributed by Kinépolis on 12 prints.
(Translated from French)
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