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RELEASES France

103 prints for Irina Palm and Marianne Faithfull

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Having avoided the first impact of box office hit Spider-Man 3 (850 prints for 2.67m admissions in six days), which injected a much needed dose of dynamism in what has been a quiet April, 12 films are opening today in French cinemas. Among the six European films, five US productions and one Algerian this week’s highlight is Sam Garbarski’s Irina Palm [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Delloye
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(see Focus).

A big hit both among critics and audiences at the 2007 Berlinale, the title opens on 103 screens through Pyramide. Its lead actress Marianne Faithfull has been receiving significant press coverage. The European co-production between Belgium (Entre Chien et Loup, Les Ateliers de Baere, RTBF), Germany (Pallas Film), France (Liaison Cinématographique), Luxembourg (Samsa Film) and the UK (Ipso Facto) also stars Serbian actor Miki Manojlovic, who can be seen very soon in Emir Kusturica’s Promise Me This [+see also:
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at the Cannes Film Festival.

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This Wednesday’s releases also include I Am the Other Woman [+see also:
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by Germany’s Margarethe Von Trotta (dist. StudioCanal) and Gradiva [+see also:
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by French helmer Alain Robbe-Grillet (Zootrope Films, 10 prints), presented in the Horizons section at the 2006 Venice Film Festival (see article).

Three documentaries complete this week’s releases, in particular Swiss production Carla’s List (Pierre Grise Distribution, 12 prints), acclaimed at the Locarno Film Festival in which Marcel Schüpbach presents Public Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte of the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia.

Other releases are Je t'aime... moi non plus by Maria de Medeiros (Colifilms Diffusion), which explores the relationships between artists and critics, featuring Wim Wenders and Danis Tanovic among others, and Philippe Crnogorac’s Chabada, la vie des hommes (dist. Esperanza Productions), the tale of an encounter between a Parisian jazzman and a Pyrénées shepherd.

Films still on show from last week are Olivier Doran’s French comedy Pur week-end [+see also:
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(Wild Bunch Distribution); Family Friend by Italy’s Paolo Sorrentino (Pyramide); and Belgian/French co-productions Marion Hänsel’s Sounds of Sand [+see also:
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(Bac Films) and Miel van Hoogenbemt’s Miss Montigny [+see also:
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(Floris Films).

(Translated from French)

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