UGC launches A Prophet on 280 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
26/08/2009 - Winner of the Grand Prize at the latest Cannes Film Festival, Jacques Audiard’s outstanding A Prophet hits theatres today, having met with unanimous approval from the press.
Released by UGC on 280 screens, Audiard’s fifth feature, starring newcomer Tahar Rahim and veteran actor Niels Arestrup, hopes to match the benchmark success of the director’s previous film, The Beat That My Heart Skipped [trailer], which garnered 1m admissions in 2005.
Produced by Chic Films, Why Not Productions and Page 114, A Prophet [trailer, film focus] was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Italy’s Bim. Successfully sold internationally by Celluloïd Dreams, the film will be launched in the UK on January 15, 2010 and the Netherlands on February 4.
Among the 12-strong line-up, this week’s second major release is UK-produced documentary OceanWorld 3D, by French directors Jean-Jacques and François Mantello. Narrated by Marion Cotillard, the film plunges viewers into the beauty of the undersea world.
Sold to 55 countries by Wild Bunch, who are launching it in France on 67 screens exclusively in 3D, the film nonetheless faces direct competition for audiences from US title The Final Destination 3D, also released today by Metropolitan on 352 screens (including around 100 in 3D).
Another noteworthy release is Vladimir Perisic’s radical film Ordinary People [trailer, film focus], about war crimes in the Balkans. Unveiled to acclaim at the latest Cannes Critics’ Week (see review), the film is being launched by Pyramide on 18 screens.
Produced by Paris-based TS Productions in co-production with Arte France Cinéma, Serbia’s Trilema and Switzerland’s Prince Film and the TSE, Ordinary People received backing from Eurimages, Centre Images, the Hubert Bals Fund and the Federal Office for Culture (OFC).
Two other French productions complete the line-up of European releases: Philippe Fernandez’s A Faint Trembling of the Landscape (Contre-Allée Distribution - three screens); and Roshane Saidnattar’s documentary The Main Thing is to Stay Alive (Morgane Prod. - one screen).
(Translated from French)