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Auteurs versus blockbuster

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Bertrand Blier, Philippe Garrel, José Alcala and Bourlem Guerdjou: four representatives from the diversity of French cinema will today try to face up to the power of the American blockbuster The Legend of Zorro. Help comes in the form of a majority European co-production by the Mexican Carlos Reygadas, while it’s worth noting that the new Woody Allen (Match point) is a minority British co-production via BBC Films. In total, ten features come out today in France, of which five productions ate majority European , against four American films and one from Japan.

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Topping the bill, How Much Do You Love Me ? (Combien tu m'aimes?) by Bertrand Blier with Gérard Depardieu, Monica Bellucci and Bernard Campan has 311 prints ( Pan Européenne Edition). But Rezo Films has also gone big with 220 prints for Zaïna, cavalière de l'Atlas (Zaïna, Atlas’ horseman) by Bourlem Guerdjou with Aziza Nadir, Sami Bouajila and Simon Abkarian. And, Bac Films distributed Battle in Heaven [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Carlos Reygadas
interview: Jean Labadie
film profile
]
(Batalla en el cielo
) by Carlos Reygadas, a French-German-Belgian-Mexican co-production with 58 prints. The film, to which Cineuropa dedicated a Focus this week, comes out in theatres preceded by word-of-mouth about a great talent due to the projection in competition at Cannes.
Targeting the arthouse and experimental market, Alex de José Alcala, presented in a parallel section at San Sebastian (read the article) is distributed on 20 prints by Gémini Films, while Ad Vitam releases Les amants réguliers [+see also:
trailer
interview: Philippe Garrel
film profile
]
by Philippe Garrel, Lion d'Argent for direction at the Mostra Venice (see the article) on 9 copies, a total reduced due to the 3 hour length of the film.

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(Translated from French)

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