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Laughs and chills with this week’s titles

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They rashly nicknamed it "the first Christmas film of the Obama era" because in La fidanzata di papà (“Dad’s Girlfriend”) director Enrico Oldoini makes Massimo Boldi, as he holds in his arms an African baby, say, "They gave him a tan!?". Who knows if the random and noted gaffe by President Berlusconi will bring luck to the film, distributed tomorrow by Medusa on 630 screens.

Bringing chills rather than laughs is box office hit The Orphanage [+see also:
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by Spain’s Juan Antonio Bayona (dist. Lucky Red – Key Films, 210 screens). Istituto Luce will fill 60 screens with Amore che vieni, amore che vai [+see also:
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by Daniele Costantini, seen at the Rome Film Festival, based on the novel by Fabrizio De Andrè and Alessandro Gennari, Un Destino Ridicolo.

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This week’s European titles are rounded out by British documentary Deep Water by Louise Osmond and Jerry Rothwell, on the first solo boat race around the world in 1968, sponsored by the Sunday Times of London (dist. Fandango).

North American cinema is represented by Clint Eastwood’s highly anticipated latest film, Changeling, starring Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich. Universal is distributing it on 300 screens, while Eagle Pictures will release a 150-print run of Joby Harold’s Awake.

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(Translated from Italian)

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