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CANNES 2007 Out of competition / France

Asia in Hong Kong for Assayas

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Asia in Hong Kong for Assayas

Asia Argento’s masturbatory performance in the film’s opening moments will certainly give a commercial push to the latest endeavour by Olivier Assayas, Boarding Gate [+see also:
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, presented out of competition at Cannes in a special Midnight Screening (and on release from August 22 in France by ARP Distribution).

At the end of the film’s press and market screening some spoke of a “B movie” but in this case it was purely intentional programming on the part of the highly sophisticated 52 year-old director, who began writing the screenplay for André Téchiné and has also published books on the films of Ingmar Bergman and Hong Kong.

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And Hong Kong is the setting to the story of Sandra (Argento), a former prostitute who leaves London in search of a new life in the Chinese metropolis. Made on a €22.5m budget, Assayas’ English language project changed production companies during production – eventually passing to Margo Films, in association with Canal + and TPS Star – and is being sold internationally by Memento.

The director, who was at Cannes in 2002 with Demonlover [+see also:
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and 2004 with Clean [+see also:
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, is already working on his new, $6m film Springtime Past (produced by MK2), which stars Juliette Binoche and will begin shooting at the end of the month.

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(Translated from Italian)

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