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DISTRIBUTION France

Fifty European releases in first half of 2007

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Fifty European releases in first half of 2007

French distributors are releasing approximately 50 European productions (not including French films, see news) in the first half of 2007.

The programme promises to be one of quality and diversity with nine Spanish productions lined up. First in line is Marc Recha’s August Days [+see also:
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(January 3, Pierre Grise Distribution).

Next in line are animated title Ahmed, el principe de la Alhambra by Juan Bautista Berasategi (February 7, CQFD), Venice hit DarkBlueAlmostBlack [+see also:
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by Daniel Sanchez Arévalo (February 28, MK2 Distribution, see interview), Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) [+see also:
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by Albert Serrat (March 14, Capricci Films, see article), Remake [+see also:
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by Roger Gual (March 28, Colifilms Distribution) and Iciar Bollain’s Mataharis (April 18, Haut et Court; see news).

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Films whose release dates are eagerly awaited include Milos Forman’s Goya’s Ghosts [+see also:
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(Mars Distribution ), Spanish/German production The Great Match [+see also:
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by Gerardo Olivares (Océan Films) and Angosto [+see also:
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interview: Alina Sigaro
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(see Focus) by Jorge Sanchez Cabezudo (ID Memento).

Eight Italian films are also lined up: Francesco Munzi’s promising Saimir [+see also:
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(January 10, Les Films du Paradoxe), Venice title The Missing Star [+see also:
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by Gianni Amelio (January 24, Magrytte Films), Alessandro d’Alatri’s The Fever [+see also:
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(February 28, Acadra), Italy’s Academy Awards entry Golden Door [+see also:
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interview: Alexandre Mallet-Guy
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interview: Fabrizio Mosca
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by Emanuele Crialese (March 21, ID Memento; see interview), The Wedding Director by Marco Bellocchio (April 18, Les Films sans Frontières), Francesca Comencini’s A casa nostra [+see also:
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(April 18, MK2), Fire at My Heart by Lamberto Lambertini (April, Acadra) and Paolo Sorrentino’s The Family Friend (May 2, Pyramide Distribution).

Other releases in the first six months of 2007 include seven UK features. Cashback [+see also:
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by Sean Ellis will open the show on January 17 (Gaumont/Columbia TriStar Films), followed by Canadian co-production Snow Cake [+see also:
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by Marc Evans (January 24, MK2), Chris Noonan’s Miss Potter [+see also:
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(March 28, Bac Films), Mr. Bean’s Holiday [+see also:
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by Steve Bendelack (April 11, Mars Distribution) and Anton Corbijn’s Control [+see also:
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(June 20, La Fabrique de Films).

Other titles due for release but still undated are Shane Meadows’ multi award-winning This is England [+see also:
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(Ad Vitam), London to Brighton [+see also:
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by Paul Andrew Williams (MK2) and Irish title The Tiger’s Tail by well-known director John Boorman (Diaphana Distribution).

Six German films will go on release on French screens in early 2007: Matthias Luthardt’s subtle Pingpong [+see also:
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interview: Matthias Luthardt
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(January 24, Les Acacias), Best European Film of 2006 The Lives of Others [+see also:
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interview: Florian Henckel von Donners…
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by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (January 31, Océan Films; see Focus), Angelina Maccarone’s German/Austrian co-production Unveiled [+see also:
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(February 7, Artedis), Netto [+see also:
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by Robert Thalheim (March 7, NOD), Germany. Pale Mother. by Helma Sanders-Brahms (April 4, Carlotta) and Fatih Akin’s much awaited Yasamin kiyisinda [+see also:
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(undated, Pyramide).

Austrian releases include Silentium [+see also:
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by Wolfgang Murnberger (February 28, Films sans frontières).

Seven Scandinavian productions are also in the starting blocks for 2007: The Boss of it All [+see also:
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by Denmark’s Lars von Trier (February 14, Les Films du Losange ), the impressive The Bothersome Man [+see also:
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interview: Jens Lien
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by Norway’s Jens Lien (February 14, CTV International), the bitter After the Wedding [+see also:
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interview: Sisse Graum Jørgensen
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by Danish helmer Susanne Bier (March 7, Equation; see Focus), Dark Horse [+see also:
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by Iceland’s Dagur Kari (March 14, Epicentre Films), Uro [+see also:
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by Norway’s Stefan Faldbakken (undated, Rezo Films) and A Soap [+see also:
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interview: Lars Bredo Rahbek
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by Pernilla Fischer Christensen (April, Equation, see Focus).

Four Belgian features are lined up: Philippe Blasband’s The Colour of Words [+see also:
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(January 17, CQFD), animated film Snow White: The Sequel [+see also:
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by Picha (January 31, Rezo Films), Venice title Private Property [+see also:
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by Joachim Lafosse (February 21, Haut et Court; see interview) and Martine Doyen’s Komma [+see also:
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slated for a May release through Pierre Grise (see article).

Bac Films have yet to set a date for Waiter [+see also:
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by Dutch helmer Alex Van Warmerdam.

Lastly, other releases include Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu’s 12:08 East of Bucharest [+see also:
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(January 10, Bac Films), Swiss/French co-production My Brother is Getting Married [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Stéphane Bron
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by Jean-Stéphane Bron (January 31, Haut et Court), Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa’s Cannes title Colossal Youth [+see also:
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(January 24, Equation, see article), French/UK/Italian co-production The Last Legion [+see also:
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by Doug Lefler (March 21/28, Quinta Communications) and Estonian animated film Lotte [+see also:
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by Janno Pöldma and Heiki Ernits (scheduled for an April release through CQFD).

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(Translated from French)

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