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RELEASES Italy

Klapisch, Del Punta, Cascella hit screens

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Three European titles hit Italian screens today. First up is Cédric Klapisch’s Paris [+see also:
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(distributed by BIM), which in over two hours interweaves a cast of old and new stars of French cinema against the backdrop of the City of Lights, as they deal with emotions, illness, love and death. The film features the director’s favourite actor, Romain Duris (When the Cat’s Away, Euro Pudding) alongside Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini and Albert Dupontel.

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The other two films are Italian. Claudio Del Punta’s Haïti chérie [+see also:
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was produced by Esperia Film and screened in competition at Locarno 2007. Already distributed in France, the film depicts living conditions that border on slavery, of Haitian immigrants who work on plantation in the Dominican Republic. Shot in the cinema verite style (not without conflicts with local authorities), the film stars non-professional actors Valentin Valdez and Yeraini Cuevas and is currently only being released in Turin.

La canarina assassinata is the feature debut by Daniele Cascella, and is produced by Movie Factory (who also distributes, on four screens in four cities). Real life is no less false than a life invented in a film is the premise of a work that shares ambitions and meta-cinematic content with several recent, though not very successful, precursors (Louis Nero’s La Rabbia and Claudio Serughetti’s Il nostro Messia).

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(Translated from Italian)

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