A Perfect Match and other live stories
by Anne Feuillère
After his quite successful and acclaimed feature debut, Miss Montigny [+see also:
film profile], the former documentary filmmaker Miel Van Hoogenbemt this time returns to the director’s chair for A Perfect Match, released today by Kinepolis Film Distribution.
Starring Jan Decleir, Wim Opbouck and young Romanian actress Maria Popistasu (2007 Shooting Star at Berlin, see interview), A Perfect Match follows the attempts of a newly retired man to find a woman to move in with him. A light and modest comedy, the director’s second film departs from the touches of social comedy in Miss Montigny, veering instead towards a comedy of morals.
Produced by A Private View with Artémis in co-production with Dutch outfit Egmond Film, A Perfect Match was backed by the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), Centre du Cinéma, Vlaamse Gemeenschaps Commissie and television channel VTM.
Other films in theatres this week – alongside some US heavyweights – are a number of French (co)productions, starting with Julie Delpy’s sentimental comedy 2 Days in Paris [+see also:
interview: Christophe Mazodier
interview: Julie Delpy
film profile] (see Focus), a French production from Polaris Film in association with Germany’s 3L Filmproduktion, distributed by IFD.
Two other French co-productions hitting screens are Raphaël Nadjari’s Cannes official competition entry Tehilim [+see also:
film profile] (see article, dist. Victory Films) and Nacer Khemir’s Bab'Aziz: The Prince That Contemplated His Soul [+see also:
film profile], co-produced by Tunisia, France (Les Films du Requin ), Germany (Pegasos Film), Hungary (Inforg Studio) and the UK (Zephyr Films). The latter is being distributed by Cinélibre.
While last week had only four releases (all US titles), this week features eight new releases and next week, nine, including three French films: Tel père, telle fille (“Like Father, Like Daughter”) by Olivier de Plas (dist. Victory Films), Water Lilies [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut and Un Certain Regard entry year (see article) by Cécile Sciamma (see interview) (dist. ABC), and Philippe Leclerc’s animated title Princess of the Sun [+see also:
interview: Léon Zuratas
interview: Philippe Leclerc
film profile] (see Focus), a Belgian co-production via Y.C. Aligator Film released by Cinéart.
Lastly, a US co-production by Polish-born director Agnieszka Holland, Copying Beethoven, starring Ed Harris and German star Diane Kruger, is being released in Europe thanks to Hungary’s Eurofilm Studio Ltd and Germany’s VIP 2 Medienfonds. Distribution is by BFD.
(Translated from French)
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