Three domestic co-productions hit screens
With three domestic co-productions among the eight European releases, this week’s line-up has a distinctly Belgian flavour.
French blockbuster of the week, Asterix at the Olympic Games [+see also:
film profile], (made on a whopping €78m budget) is co-produced by Adrian Politowski for Motion Investment Group (MIG), the tax-shelter specialists. Besides Benoit Poelvoorde, the films also stars Bouli Lanners, Stéphane De Groodt and Jean-Claude Van Damme. Alternative Films are releasing the title on a generous 76 screens throughout Belgium and Luxembourg.
Fly Me to the Moon lays claim to be “the first film made entirely for 3D projection and screened exclusively in 3D”. This three-dimensional feature, which tells the story of three little flies who secretly set out to conquer the Moon, is being released by Kinepolis Films on 13 screens.
Moscow, Belgium [+see also:
film profile] by Christophe Van Rompaey (a young director who previously worked on shorts and television productions) is also being released by Kinepolis. Produced by A Private View and VTM, with financial support from the VAF, the film’s overall budget amounted to €945,000.
This debut feature centres on an amorous encounter between a young lorry driver and a 40-year-old woman with whom he falls in love during the course of a car accident.
Blanco, Van Rompaey’s latest film, produced this time by Eurydice Gysel for CCCP (Ex drummer [+see also:
film profile], Small Gods [+see also:
film profile]), will screen at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Three other French films are also hitting screens: Cortex [+see also:
film profile] by Nicolas Boukhrief (Cash Truck), distributed by Victory films; Mehdi Charef’s Cartouches Gauloises [+see also:
film profile] (“Gauloise Cartons”), distributed by Alternative Films; and Patate, a compilation of animated shorts for young children.
Finally, the European line-up is completed by Swedish teenage movie Kidz in da Hood [+see also:
film profile] by Yiva Gustavsson (distributed by Jekino) and the UK/US documentary Blind Sight by Lucy Walker (see news, distributed by ABC Distribution).
(Translated from French)
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