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Along the Ridge and Princesas hit screens

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Along the Ridge and Princesas hit screens

Italy’s Kim Rossi Stuart and Spain’s Fernando León de Aranoa have received praise from the French press for their respective films Along the Ridge [+see also:
film review
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interview: Kim Rossi Stuart
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and Princesas [+see also:
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, which open in cinemas today alongside four local features and three US productions.

Well received at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight earlier this year, Along the Ridge – the debut feature by actor Rossi Stuart (see Focus), produced by RAI Cinema and Palomar, and starring the director, Alessandro Morace and Barbora Bobulova – opens on 65 screens through MK2 Distribution.

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The actor-turned-director – highly lauded last year for his role as “Il Freddo” in Crime Novel [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Michele Placido
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]
(see Focus) – has received much critical acclaim in France, quite rare for a young Italian actor, with the exception of Stefano Accorsi over the past two years.

Meanwhile, Princesas [+see also:
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, the new film by León de Aranoa (Mondays in the Sun, 2002) is being released on 35 screens through ARP Sélection. A Reposado PC and MediaPro production, the film that recounts the friendship between prostitutes proved a big hit with Spanish audiences. Two of its actresses, Candela Peña (Best Actress) and Micaela Nevárez (Best Female Newcomer), won Goyas while singer Manu Chao also picked up a Goya for the song “Me llamen calle”.

French films are taking the box office by storm this week with Prête-moi ta main [+see also:
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by Eric Lartigau and Tell No One [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet, which have clocked up 940,000 and 745,000 admissions respectively in five days.

The other two diversified French releases this week are the comedy Désaccord parfait [+see also:
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(lit. Perfect Disagreement”) by Antoine de Caunes, starring Charlotte Rampling and Jean Rochefort (Gaumont/Columbia TriStar Films, 330 screens) and the offbeat Oh La La [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine, screened out of competition at Cannes in May (see article) and released through Haut et Court on 80 screens.

Also out today is Gabriel Le Bomin’s Fragments of Antonin [+see also:
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, starring Grégori Dérangère, Anouk Grinberg, Aurélien Recoing and Niels Arestrup (Rezo Films, 71 screens), as well as C’est beau une ville la nuit [+see also:
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by and starring Richard Bohringer, who is making a screen adaptation of his own novel. The film stars his daughter Romane Bohringer and is being released by Limelight on 77 screens.

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(Translated from French)

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