Haut et Court launches Rabia on 46 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
02/06/2010 - There has been an enthusiastic critical reception for Sebastián Cordero’s Spanish/Colombian co-production Rabia [trailer], which is being launched today by Haut et Court on 46 screens. This dark thriller was backed by Guillermo del Toro and produced by Telecinco Cinema.
Haut et Court’s coming line-up also includes UK feature The Disappearance of Alice Creed [trailer] (to be released on June 30) and three impressive Cannes discoveries: Gilles Marchand’s Black Heaven [trailer, film focus] (July 14); Belgian director Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Illegal [trailer, film focus] (October 6); and Fabienne Berthaud’s Lily Sometimes [trailer] (October 27).
In French theatres, this Wednesday’s limited line-up (just six new releases) also includes Jean Becker’s La Tête en Friche [trailer] (“Uncultivated Head”, see news), which is being launched by StudioCanal on over 500 screens. Finely acted by Gérard Depardieu and Gisèle Casadesus, the film is in the same vein as previous works by a seasoned director who is not afraid of feel-good movies and has always found an audience (1.3m admissions for Conversations with My Gardener [trailer], 1m for Love Me No More [trailer]).
Three other French productions are also hitting theatres today: Emma Luchini’s Sweet Valentine [trailer] (Mars Distribution on 20 screens); Pierre Creton’s Maniquerville (distributed by Capricci Films); and Pierre Romanello’s Les Colts de l'Or Noir (“The Colts of Black Gold”, Les Films à Fleur de Peau).
The box office is dominated by US films, but two French comedies are doing well: Camping 2 [trailer] (3.7m admissions in its sixth week on release – Pathé Distribution) and The Perfect Date (922,000 viewers in almost four weeks – StudioCanal). There have also been good results for Abbas Kiarostami’s French/Italian co-production Certified Copy [trailer], which clocks in at 130,000 admissions in 12 days (MK2 Diffusion on 147 screens and +27% in its second week).
Finally, behind the scenes, serious controversy is dividing DIRE (United European Independent Distributors) and the FNCF (National Federation of French Cinemas) on the issue of the increasing number of theatrical screenings of non-cinematic content. Distributors consider these a major threat (see news), while exhibitors just see them as one-off events and are calling above all for a better staggering of film releases throughout the year. Watch this space…
(Translated from French)