13 French films in Rome line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
28/10/2010 - French productions will put in an appearance at the 5th Rome Film Festival, which opens today with Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night [trailer], produced and sold internationally by Gaumont. Selected in competition, the feature starring Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet will be joined in the race for the Golden Marcus Aurelius by Olias Barco’s Kill Me Please [trailer], a minority French co-production from Les Armateurs and OXB Productions, sold internationally by Le Pacte.
Screening out of competition are two titles sold by EuropaCorp: Canet’s Little White Lies [trailer] (which is enjoying immense success at the French box office with 1.36m admissions in five days – Les Productions du Trésor); and Eric Lartigau’s The Big Picture [trailer] (see news – produced by EuropaCorp). They are joined by Love Crime [trailer] by late lamented director Alain Corneau (see news – production: SBS Films – sales: TF1 International).
The Special Events section will present Olivier Assayas’s Carlos, The Film [trailer], whose long TV version was unveiled at Cannes (see review). The director will meet with Roman audiences, as will his compatriot Fanny Ardant (in attendance with her short film Absent Dreams).
In the Alice in the City line-up, competition highlights include Audrey Estrougo’s Leila (see news – produced by Fidélité Films – sales: Wild Bunch); Sam Gabarski’s A Distant Neighbourhood [trailer, film focus] (minority French co-production from Archipel 35 in collaboration with Belgium and Luxembourg – sales: Wild Bunch); and Pascal Elbé’s superb thriller Turk’s Head [trailer] (see news – released in France on March 31, 2010 – produced by Alicéleo – sales: Other Angle Pictures).
Finally, screening in the Extra section are Eric Valette’s Prey (see news – produced by Brio Films – sales: StudioCanal); Roberto Garzelli’s The Sentiment of the Flesh [trailer] (produced by Stella Films – sales: Colifilms Diffusion); and two documentaries: Just A Beginning by directorial duo Jean-Pierre Pozzi and Pierre Barougier (Ciel de Paris Productions – sales: Le Pacte); and Pierre Thoretton’s Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé, L’Amour Fou [trailer] (“Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé, Mad Love”, production: Les Films du Lendemain and Les Films de Pierre – sales: Films Distribution).
(Translated from French)