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RELEASES Belgium

French films dominate line-up

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French films of all genres dominate the line-up of eight new releases hitting Belgian screens today, with four Gallic titles being launched.

Two years after his honest and subtle exploration of the sensitive issue of the Algerian War (The Betrayal [+see also:
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), Philippe Faucon returns with Two Ladies [+see also:
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Starring two remarkable non-professional actresses, the film looks at the surprising bond that forms between two old ladies, one Jewish and the other Muslim, and is set against the backdrop of the Lebanon War in July 2006.

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Produced by Istiglal and co-produced by Arte, Two Ladies was released in France on March 12 and was warmly received by critics.

Jean-Paul Rouve looks at the "robbery of the century" in his directorial debut. Freely inspired by the life of the eccentric unarmed bandit Albert Spaggiari, Sans arme, ni haine, ni violence [+see also:
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(“Without Weapon, Hatred or Violence”) is co-produced by specialised company Elia Films, the eclectic Vertigo Productions, and Studio 37, the film arm of France Télécom.

Tonie Marshall’s French film Passe-Passe [+see also:
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/i> (“Sleight of Hand”) is also being released. The film centres on an unlikely duo: Edouard Baer, as an out-of-work magician, and Nathalie Baye, as a bourgeois lady on the run.

Passe-Passe is produced by Tabo-Tabo, the company Marshall has headed since 1995.

Pierre Morel’s French title Taken is also being launched. Produced by EuropaCorp, the film is an American-style thriller, with an English-speaking cast led by Liam Neeson.

Also hitting screens is Michael Hanneke’s Funny Games US, an American remake of the director’s own film. The title was unveiled at the latest Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels.

One Dutch title has made its way into this week’s very French line-up: Dunya & Desie [+see also:
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(selected in the Generation section at the 2008 Berlinale). Maryam Hassouim, the leading actress, won an Emmy Award in 2006 for her role in the series on which the film is based.

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(Translated from French)

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