Polar bears and Italian criminals
by Fabien Lemercier
22/03/2006 - Seven new European films – five French, one Belgian and one Italian – will vie for the favour of French audiences from today. They are up against two US productions and one New Zealand and one Argentinean/Spanish co-production.
The menu is very diverse, with The White Planet (La planète blanche) by Thierry Ragobert and Thierry Piantanida in the spotlight – released by Bac Films on 400 prints. Produced by Gédéon Programmes, this documentary on the Arctic animal will try to follow in the footsteps of March of the Penguins.
Meanwhile, Warner France has great expectations for a revival in Italian cinema with Crime Novel [trailer, film focus] by Michele Placido (see Focus). The film’s actors – Kim Rossi Stuart, Anna Mouglalis, Claudio Santamaria, Pierfrancesco Favino and Stefano Accorsi – have seduced French critics and benefited from a comfortable release on approximately 200 screens, 20 of which in Paris.
This Wednesday, four debut fiction features from local directors will also be offered. Nils Tavernier immerses himself in the universe of fairytales and dance with Aurore [trailer] ( see news), starring Margaux Chatelier, François Berléand and Carole Bouquet (Les Films du Losange, 150 prints), while actor Eric Caravaca shines brilliantly behind the camera with Le passager [trailer], presented in the Critics Week at the 2005 Venice Film Festival (see article) and distributed on 40 screens by Diaphana.
Presented at the 2005 Berlinale Forum, Barrage by Raphaël Jacoulot is being released on 3 prints (Tadrart Films), while Les Films du Paradoxe are releasing Oublier Cheyenne (lit. "Forget Cheyenne") by Valérie Minetto on 25 screens. Finally, EuropaCorp. Distribution is releasing Belgian feature Bunker paradise [trailer, film focus] by Stephan Liberski (see Focus) on 10 screens.
(Translated from French)