Le Pacte launches much-loved On Tour on 159 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
30/06/2010 - Winner of Best Director at the latest Cannes Film Festival, Mathieu Amalric’s On Tour [trailer, film focus] hits French theatres today, backed by critics who are completely won over by the libertarian energy, melancholic tenderness and originality of the work by the actor-director and his whimsical performers from the New Burlesque troupe.
Le Pacte, who are releasing the feature (produced by Les Films du Poisson) on 159 screens, has also garnered excellent international sales results. On Tour has already been bought for Benelux (Victory), Switzerland (Agora), Portugal (Clap Filmes), Greece (Feel Good), Romania (Independenta), Hungary (Szuez Film), the countries of the former Yugoslavia (MCF), the Baltic countries and CIS (Maywin), Finland (Cinema Mondo), Canada, Brazil and Taiwan. Negotiations are apparently about to conclude in a deal with the United Kingdom and Italy, while German distribution rights belong to the film’s co-producer Neue Mediopolis Film Produktion.
Non-domestic European cinema is represented in this Wednesday’s line-up by three films. UGC Distribution is launching on almost 300 screens Swedish director Daniel Alfredson’s The Girl Who Played With Fire [trailer], the second instalment in the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s trilogy of novels. In France, the first episode (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo [trailer, film focus]), released in May 2009, amassed 1.21m admissions. UGC will release the third instalment, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest [trailer], on July 28.
Meanwhile, Colifilms is releasing a six-print run of Frédéric Dumont’s Belgian feature Angel at Sea [trailer] (see video interview), which won Best Film and Best Actor (Olivier Gourmet) at last year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival.
All these films will compete for audiences alongside Vincenzo Natali’s Splice (distributed by Gaumont who provided co-production backing along with Canada) and above all US monster Shrek Forever After (launched today by Paramount Pictures France on almost 900 screens).
Through Friday, all these new releases will profit from the ticket price offers of the 26th Fête du Cinéma (June 26-July 2, 2010) organised by the National Federation of French Cinemas (FNCF). Viewers who buy one full-price ticket in any movie theatre have access to all subsequent screenings at the one-off admission price of €3 for one week, right across France.
(Translated from French)