Lars, Pedro, Paolo and co in Euro-flavoured summer line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
05/08/2011 - Following on from the resounding successes of previous years, French distributors are no longer reluctant to launch films in the middle of the summer season. This strategy, which involves a stepping up of releases towards the autumn for the most eagerly-awaited titles or an alternative programme leaving room for more fragile films that would be drowned out at other times of the year, has proven particularly good for the exhibition of European features.
Therefore, on August 10, Les Films du Losange will launch Danish director Lars von Trier’s powerful Melancholia [trailer, film focus] (Les Films du Losange). This will be followed by Spanish helmer Pedro Almodóvar’s flamboyant The Skin I Live In [trailer, film focus] on August 17 (to be released by Pathé Films); and Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s highly original This Must Be The Place [trailer, film focus] on August 24 (ARP Sélection).
Wednesday, August 3 was very representative of the diversity of European films on French screens, with five titles hitting theatres. Bellissima launched Italian director Claudio Cupellini’s German-set mafia tale A Quiet Life [trailer, film focus], which earned the Best Actor Award for Toni Servillo at the Rome Film Festival 2010 and won the Cineuropa Prize at the recent Brussels Film Festival. Meanwhile, ASC Distribution released Swedish director Lisa Aschan’s She Monkeys, which was unveiled at Berlin (see review) and selected, among others, at Paris Cinéma and in the Ten Euro Directors to Watch sidebar at Karlovy Vary (see video interview).
Movie theatres also saw the release of Alicia Duffy’s French/Irish/Belgian co-production All Good Children, unveiled in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2010 (see news and video interview – distributed by Les Films à Un Dollar); Stefano Pasetto’s Italian/Argentinean co-production The Call (see news – Memento Films Distribution); and Nick Hamm’s Brit film Killing Bono (Pyramide Distribution).
(Translated from French)