7 Days in Havana out in cinemas fresh from Cannes
by Fabien Lemercier
30/05/2012 - The 65th Cannes Film Festival is barely over, yet already its echoes are resonating across France's cinemas.
Today, ensemble film 7 Days in Havana [trailer], which was well reviewed in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes (read the review), was released in cinemas by Rezo Films on 71 copies. Co-directed by Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio, and Laurent Cantet, the film was produced by young Parisian production company Full House (Didar Domehri and Laurent Baudens), for whom this is the latest adventure after 11 Flowers [trailer], the first film to result from the Franco-Chinese co-production agreement.
Eurozoom has released 48 copies of the German film Almanya [trailer] by Yasemin Samdereli, discovered out of competition at the 2011 Berlinale (read the review), and three French features are also out: Je fais feu de tout bois [trailer] (lit. "I use all means") by Dante Desarthe in which the main character, a filmmaker, attempts to become the third Coen brother (MC4 Distribution), One O One [trailer] by Franck Guérin (Kannibal Films Distribution), and the documentary Bleu Pétrole (lit. "Oil blue") by Nadège Trebal (Shellac).
Four other Cannes films are feeding the box office. Rust & Bone [trailer, film focus] by Jacques Audiard (review) has reaped 892,000 admissions in 11 days (UGC on 461 copies), On the Road [trailer] by Walter Salles (review) has recorded 110,000 admissions in five days (MK2 Diffusion on 357 copies), and Cosmopolis [trailer] by David Cronenberg (review) has sold 90,000 tickets in three days (Stone Angels on 325 copies). Among the other titles screened in Cannes, Moonrise Kingdom by American director Wes Anderson has brought in 275,000 admissions in 11 days (sStudioCanal).
But the greatest hit over the last few weeks is the comedy Le Prénom [trailer] (lit. "The name") by Matthieu Delaporte and Alexandre de la Patellière which has sold 2.72 million ticket in 33 days (Pathé Films - still showing on 651 copies).
(Translated from French)