Charming Li and the Poet
by Fabien Lemercier
13/06/2012 - Unveiled at the 2011 Venice Days, Li and the Poet [trailer, film focus] (Io sono Li - read the review), Italian documentary filmmaker Andrea Segre's first fiction feature (watch the interview) was launched today in France on 50 copies by Haut et Court, backed by the film critics who were moved by this delicate and humane film. Produced by the Italians from Jolefilm and the French from Aeternam, the film was co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Rai Cinema, and supported by Eurimages.
Other non-national European films are also out: the very eclectic British director Michael Winterbottom's Trishna [trailer, film focus], an adaptation of Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Ubervilles set in modern-day India (Bac Films on 42 copies), and For 80 Days [trailer], a surprising love story by Spanish filmmaking duo Jon Garaño andJosé Mari Goenaga that was selected for several international film festivals (Epicentre Films on 22 copies).
As for French films, French cinema-goers will be able to see the documentary Journal de France [trailer] by Claudine Nougaret and Raymond Depardon, discovered during a special screening at the recent Cannes Film Festival (Wild Bunch Distribution in 76 cinemas), Quand je serai petit [trailer] by Jean-Paul Rouve (read the review - Mars Distribution in 123 cinemas), and Welcome Abroad [trailer] by the experienced Jean Becker (article - StudioCanal in 424 cinemas).
In total , 14 new films have been released this week. Last but not least are Cassos by Philippe Carrèse (distributed by Art Cinefeel), Bangkok Renaissance by Jean-Marc Minéo (Kanibal Films), and Argentinian-Italian-French co-production El Campo [trailer] by Hernán Belón (co-produced by Ciné Sud Promotion - distributed by Bodega Films).
(Translated from French)