Harry Potter and his challengers
While Warner France will today release the UK co-production Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix [+see also:
film profile] by British helmer David Yates on a generous 900 screens, 12 other new releases will try their luck in French cinemas, taking advantage of counter-programming. These include five European (co-)productions, three US and two South American films, one Iranian title and a Hong Kong feature.
As regards local titles, Rezo Films is releasing 89 prints of 2 days in Paris [+see also:
interview: Christophe Mazodier
interview: Julie Delpy
film profile], directed by and starring Julie Delpy (see Focus). Enthusiastically received at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and sold the world over, this acid rom-com that pokes fun at French-American clichés was produced by new outfit Polaris Film Production & Finance in partnership with Delpy’s own outfit Tempête Sous un Crâne and Germany’s 3L Filmproduktion.
Les Films du Losange is releasing Nadir Moknèche’s Paloma Delight [+see also:
film profile] (see article) on 78 screens, hoping that the director and lead actress Biyouna will attract as much success for this film as Moknèche’s previous title (Viva Algérie, 2004).
Other new releases are Julien Temple’s British documentary Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten [+see also:
film profile] (dist. Surreal Film) and La Léon by Argentina’s Santiago Otheguy (MK2 Diffusion), a French co-production by Onyx Films and Big World, who presented it in Berlin’s Panorama section. Both titles open on 10 screens.
(Translated from French)
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