12 European productions on the bill
by Fabien Lemercier
The United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Rumania and of course France: 12 European productions set out today in the French theatres, relegating to second place the four American films also newly released. Top of the list is Madame Henderson presents (read article) by British Stephen Frears interpreted by Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. The film, distributed by Pathé with a total of 84 copies, received two nominations for the Golden Globes 2006. Another production from across the Channel is also on the menu, the documentary George Michael: a different story by Southan Morris, released with 10 copies by Pretty Pictures.
The most important release this Wednesday is undoubtedly Je vous trouve très beau ("I find you very beautiful"), a Gaumont production directed by Isabelle Mergault with Michel Blanc and Medeea Marinescu in the principal roles (Gaumont Columbia TriStar - 306 prints). But French cinema can count also on Müetter by Dominique Lienhard with Stanislas Merhar, Sophie Quinton and Aurélien Recoing, a production from Butterfly, distributed with 10 prints by Eurozoom. It will be interesting to see how Animal does, the first feature by screenwriter Roselyne Bosch, a highly anticipated film shot in English and produced by Legende, in co-production notably with the Portuguese company Animatografo (a release on 44 prints by Mars Distribution). Other French newcomers : two documentaries Le plafond de verre, les défricheurs by Yamina Benguigui (Ciné Classic – 18 prints) and Oliva Oliva by Peter Hoffmann (Les Films Sauvages - 5 prints).
Two Spanish films have also arrived : Reinas [+see also:
film profile] by Manuel Gomez Pereira with Carmen Maura and Marisa Paredes (33 prints - ARP Sélection) and Habana Blues [+see also:
film profile] by Benito Zambrano (Spain-Cuba-France), see at Cannes (read compte-rendu) which is distributed on 54 prints by Pyramide. Portuguese production bets on Odete [+see also:
film profile] by Joao Pedro Rodrigues (consul review) and comes out on 16 prints by Pierre Grise Distribution. Finally, Bac Films distributes The death of Mr. Lazarescu [+see also:
film profile] by Rumanian Cristi Puiu and Epicentre Films offers 5 prints of the Swiss documentary Katzen Ball [+see also:
film profile] by Veronika Minder, Teddy Award for best documentary last year at the Berlinale.
(Translated from French)
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