Asterix released on record 1088 screens
by Fabien Lemercier
Outdoing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’s 1007-print run in 2002, the film by Thomas Langmann and Frédéric Forestier is guaranteed maximum visibility (France has 5362 screens) in an attempt to live up to the 14.5m admissions garnered by Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra in 2001 and recoup the film’s €78m budget.
Starring Clovis Cornillac, Stéphane Rousseau, Alain Delon, Gérard Depardieu, Benoît Poelvoorde and José Garcia, the feature is produced by La Petite Reine. Co-produced by Pathé Renn Productions, TF1 Films Production, Canal +, German company Constantin and Spain’s TriPictures, the film is being distributed simultaneously in several European countries.
Released on January 25 in Poland, Asterix at the Olympic Games hits screens today in Belgium, Greece and Russia; tomorrow in Germany, Hungary and Slovakia; Friday in Finland, Norway, Latvia and the UK; on February 8 in Italy, Spain, Sweden and Iceland; and on February 14 in the Netherlands.
Eleven other films hit screens this Wednesday alongside this giant release, including domestic titles Cortex [trailer] by Nicolas Boukhrief (Wild Bunch Distribution - 190 screens) and Flight of the Red Balloon [trailer] by Hou Hsiao Hsien (Bac Films – 46 screens); documentaries Her Name Is Sabine [trailer] by Sandrine Bonnaire and Bruno Ulmer’s Welcome Europa (Solaris Distribution – 3 screens); and co-productions Promise Me This by Emir Kusturica (Mars Distribution – 119 screens) and Laurent Salgues’ Dreams of Dust (distributed by La Station).
Other noteworthy releases include Battle for Haditha by UK director Nick Broomfield (Surreal Distribution – 40 screens) and The Free Will by Germany’s Matthias Glasner (Jour2Fête – 8 screens), which was lauded at Berlin in 2006.
(Translated from French)