4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days opens on 167 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
Working together for the occasion, Bac Films and Why Not Productions are releasing no less than 167 prints today of 2007 Golden Palm winner, Cristian Mungiu’s Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
interview: Cristian Mungiu
interview: Oleg Mutu
film profile] (see Focus).
The much anticipated release is accompanied this Wednesday by a 100% French production, a four-way Belgian majority co-production, a French/Italian film, a French/Argentinean title, a Czech documentary, three US productions and one title each from Canada and Japan.
Studio Canal meanwhile is releasing a generous 190 prints of Ceux qui restent [+see also:
film profile], a debut feature directed by Anne Le Ny and starring Vincent Lindon, Emmanuelle Devos and Yeelem Jappain.
The €3.93m Les Films A4 production was backed through a co-production from Rectangle Productions, €650,000 from France 2 Cinéma (€350,000 in pre-sales and €300,000 in co-production) and pre-sales from Canal +.
Scripted by the director and based on the original book by Jean-Claude Dubois, the film deals with a delicate subject: a romantic encounter in a hospital between a woman and a man whose partners have cancer.
A 44% Belgian production via Artémis Productions, the €5.33m feature is a 20% co-production with France’s (Liaison cinématographique) and Luxembourg (Samsa Film), with the remaining 16% from UK outfit Ipso Facto.
VP Distribution will give cinephiles the chance to see the late Michel Serrault in his last role with Jean-Louis Guillermou’s Antonio Vivaldi, un prince à Venise [+see also:
film profile], a French/Italian co-production featuring Stefano Dionisi and Michel Galabru (produced by France’s Vivaldi Productions and M.A.D. Films with Italian outfits Dream Film and IlaPalma Mazzone Produzioni).
Pierre Grise Distribution is opening Shutka Alecksander’s Czech documentary Gadjo délire ! Le Livre des records de Shutka, jointly produced by Greece, on two screens
Another new arrival in theatres this week is Meanwhile by Argentinean director Diego Lerman, distributed on three screens by its French co-producer Pyramide.
(Translated from French)
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