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New season (2): The most awaited titles

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New season (2): The most awaited titles

Several of the 70 French productions planned for release in French theatres from August 23 through December 27, 2006 are predicted to be major hits at the box office.

Films due to arrive on screens in the last quarter of the year include: Hors de prix (lit. "Priceless") by Pierre Salvadori (December 13, TFM Distribution ), starring Audrey Tautou and Gad Emaleh; My Best Friend [+see also:
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by Patrice Leconte (December 20, Pan Européenne Edition); and Luc Besson’s animated film Arthur and the Minimoys (December 13, EuropaCorp Distribution).

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Other titles expected to do well are: A Few Days in September by Santiago Amigorena (September 6, Gémini Films), starring Juliette Binoche; The Stone Council [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux (November 15, UGC), starring Monica Bellucci; Alain ResnaisPetites peurs partagées [+see also:
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(Private Fears in Public Places, Mars Distribution ); and L’invité [+see also:
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(lit. "The Guest") by Laurent Bouhnik (EuropaCorp), both scheduled for release on November 22.

Films from young and experienced directors expected to grab attention include: The Untouchable [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot (December 6, Pyramide Distribution); Pascale Ferran’s Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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(October 4, Ad Vitam); Zabou Breitman’s The Man of My Life [+see also:
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(October 4, Pan Européenne); Tell No One [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet (October 18, EuropaCorp); and Le héros de la famille [+see also:
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(lit. “Family Hero”) by Thierry Klifa (December 20, UGC).

Distributors also have great expectations for Michou d’Auber [+see also:
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by Thomas Gilou (November 1, EuropaCorp); Call Me Elizabeth by Jean-Pierre Améris (November 15, Pyramide); Je pense à vous [+see also:
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(lit. “I Am Thinking Of You”) by Pascal Bonitzer (November 29, Rezo Films); and Fair Play [+see also:
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by Lionel Bailliu (September 6, TFM).

Two more titles slated for release by Mars Distribution are Je vais bien, ne t'en fais pas [+see also:
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(lit. "I’m Fine, Don’t Worry About Me") by Philippe Lioret (September 6) and Prête-moi ta main [+see also:
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(lit. "Give Me Your Hand") by Eric Lartigau (November 1).

Also lined up are directorial debuts by actors Roschdy Zem and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Zem’s (Bad Faith [+see also:
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is slated for a December 6 release (Pan Européenne), while Darroussin’s Le pressentiment [+see also:
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(lit. “Premonition”) is set to open on October 4 (Bac Films).

French cinema will not forget to pay a visit to foreign shores. First stop is Georgia with L’héritage [+see also:
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by Gela and Temour Babluani (September 6, Les Films du Losange ) and Autumn Gardens [+see also:
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by Otar Iosseliani (September 20, MK2 Distribution).

Then it’s off to Morocco with WWW: What a Wonderful World [+see also:
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by Faouzi Bensaïdi (December 13, Les Films du Losange) followed by a trip to Afghanistan with The Soldier’s Star [+see also:
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by the late Christophe de Ponfilly (November 15, Les Films du Losange).

The voyage ends in Algeria with Mon colonel [+see also:
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(lit. “My Colonel”) by Laurent Herbiet (release date yet to be announced by Pathé).

(Translated from French)

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