European films in the wake of Sister
by Fabien Lemercier
18/04/2012 - While French comedy Sur la piste du marsupilami [trailer] by Alain Chabat is currently king of the box office with 2.72 million admissions in twelve days, this Wednesday some other European films are also out in cinemas courtesy of Swiss director Ursula Meier, Belgo-Congolese director Djo Munga, German director Jan Schomburg, English director David MacKenzie, and the Irish duo James Mather and Stephen St. Leger.
Sister [trailer, film focus] by Ursula Meier, a film featuring endearing actors Kacey Mottet Klein and Léa Seydoux in a realist setting, received the Jury’s Special Award at the last Berlinale and has overall been well reviewed by the French critics. It has been released in French cinemas by Diaphana on 92 copies.
As for surprising Belgian-French-Congolese thriller Viva Riva! [trailer] by Djo Tunda Wa Munga (read the interview and the article), a film that was selected for Toronto and for the 2011 Berlinale’s Forum, and that last year won at the Africa Movie Academy Awards, it has been released on 27 copies by Happiness Distribution.
Germany also has a film out in cinemas, with Above Us Only Sky by Jan Schomburg, discovered as part of the 2011 Berlinale’s Special Panorama (read the review - Sophie Dulac Distribution on 50 copies), and British production Rock'n'Love by David MacKenzie is also being released (Wild Bunch Distribution in 25 cinemas). Finally, in line with its strategy of distributing English-language films, EuropaCorp is releasing futurist action film Lock Out [trailer], directed by Irish filmmakers James Mather and Stephen St. Leger and starring Guy Pearce, to 328 cinemas.
Future Lasts Forever by Turkish director Özcan Alper, a film notably screened in Toronto and Rotterdam, has been distributed in nine cinemas by its French co-producer Arizona Films. And finally in the line-up of new films this Wednesday, there are two French productions: Les Fraises des bois [trailer] by Dominique Choisy (Contre-Allée Distribution) and the documentary La Martinique aux Martiniquais: l’affaire de l’Ojam by Camille Mauduech (Hévadis Films).
(Translated from French)