All eyes on Private Fears in Public Places
by Fabien Lemercier
22/11/2006 - The 12 new releases in French cinemas today – seven European features, three US productions, including the latest James Bond film Casino Royale and Saw 3 (forbidden for under 18s), as well as two Asian films – also include two Venice titles, Private Fears in Public Places and The Soldier’s Star.
Winner of the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Italian festival (see article and interview with director), Private Fears in Public Places [trailer] by Alain Resnais is opening on 280 screens through Mars Distribution.
Starring Sabine Azéma, André Dussollier, Lambert Wilson, Isabelle Carré, Laura Morante and Pierre Arditi, the Soudaine Compagnie and France 2 Cinéma production is a 10% co-production by Italian outfit Achab Film and received €350,000 in advances on receipts from the CNC, €500,000 from Eurimages and €420,000 from the Ile de France region.
Another emotional film is The Soldier’s Star [trailer], the debut feature by Afghanistan-documentary director Christophe de Ponfilly, who sadly passed away in May. Selected in the Venice Days sidebar at this year’s Venice Film Festival (see article), the film, produced by Albert Films (75%) and German outfit NEF Filmproduktion (25%), was also backed by France 2 Cinéma and is being released on 30 screens through Les Films du Losange .
The debut French feature by Maïwenn Le Besco, Pardonnez-moi [trailer] (lit. “Forgive Me”), also focuses on emotions. Starring Pascal Greggory, Aurélien Recoing, Hélène de Fougerolles and Marie-France Pisier and based on improvisation, the Films du Kiosque and Maï Production film is described by its distributor SND (63 screens) as a cross between a Pialat film and Dogme title The Celebration.
Meanwhile, ASC Distribution are distributing five prints of Windows on Monday [trailer] by German helmer Ulrich Köhler. The title was screened in competition at the Paris Cinéma festival and screens out of competition at the Thessaloniki Film Festival (November 17-26).
La Fabrique de Films are releasing Fast Food Nation [trailer] by US independent director Richard Linklater on 129 screens. The UK production by Recorded Picture Company and BBC Films was selected in official competition at Cannes earlier this year (see article).
Other releases this Wednesday include The Last Caravanserail by Ariane Mnouchkine (Bel Air Media, one screen) and documentary Allez Yallah by Jean-Pierre Thorn (Cargo Films, seven screens).
(Translated from French)