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RELEASES France

Moutout and Ruzowitzky join Canet-Cluzet in this week’s line-up

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While Asterix at the Olympic Games [+see also:
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leads the box office with 2.7m admissions in five days, three French titles are being launched in theatres today.

They are joined by four US productions, three Asian features and The Banishment by Russian director Andrei Zviaguintsev (Best Actor award at Cannes and starring Swedish actress Maria Bonnevie), released by Pyramide.

Rezo Films are also releasing on 60 screens The Counterfeiter [+see also:
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by Viennese director Stefan Ruzowitzky (see interview). This Austrian/German co-production was lauded in competition last year at the Berlinale (see news) and is vying for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

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As for French films, all eyes are on Jacques Maillot’s thriller Rivals [+see also:
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(see news), which reunites Guillaume Canet and François Cluzet after the success of Tell No One. Also starring Clotilde Hesme, the film tells the story of two brothers (one a policeman and the other a gangster) who find each other again.

Produced by LGM Cinéma, the feature was made on a budget of €7m including €700,000 in pre-sales and co-production support from France 3 Cinéma. The title is being launched by StudioCanal on 288 screens.

Another noteworthy French title this week is Jean-Marc Moutout’s The Feelings Factory [+see also:
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(see news), released on 106 screens by Les Films du Losange. Selected in the Panorama section at the Berlinale, which opens tomorrow, this French/Belgian co-production about speed dating stars Elsa Zylberstein, Jacques Bonnaffé and Bruno Putzulu.

Finally, Laurent Chouchan’s comedy about depression Ca se soigne? [+see also:
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(“Can It Be Treated?”), starring Thierry Lhermitte, is being released by TFM Distribution on 232 screens.

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(Translated from French)

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