Round Da Way launched on 290 screens
A breath of youth and offbeat humour is currently blowing through French theatres. After Riad Sattouf’s The French Kissers [+see also:
film profile], which has claimed second place at the box office (and by far the best per-screen average) with 212,000 admissions in its first five days on release, Emmanuel Klotz and Albert Pereira Lazaro’s animated film Round Da Way [+see also:
film profile] is being launched today by Bac Films on 290 screens.
Including voiceovers by Vincent Cassel and Diane Kruger, Round Da Way is adapted from a successful TV series which went on to enjoy a cult Internet following. Unveiled in the latest Cannes Critics’ Week, the film won over the press with its creativity far removed from the usual animated hits for youngsters.
With its bold graphics, urban street culture, sharp humour and vivid dialogues tracing the suburban misadventures of Hip-Hop fan José Frelate and bad boy Tony Merguez, Round Da Way is an explosive film.
Klotz commented: "We wanted to make a mainstream comedy, full of action, energy and gags, drawing inspiration from popular live-action films, Japanese animation and US cartoons".
Produced by Millimages for €7.7m, Round Da Way received co-production support from France 2 Cinéma, Studio 37 and Germany’s Toons’n’Tales, an advance on receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC) and pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma.
This Wednesday sees the release of Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano’s French comedy So Happy Together [+see also:
film profile] (Mars Distribution). There is also an impressive quartet of European productions, including Claudia Llosa’s Berlin Golden Bear winner The Milk of Sorrow [+see also:
film profile] (co-produced by Spain - released by Jour2fête on 33 screens); Italian director Pippo Delbono’s Shout [+see also:
film profile] (Pierre Grise Distribution); and two titles which won acclaim in the 2008 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight: Boogie [+see also:
interview: Dragos Vîlcu
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile] by Romania’s Radu Muntean (Films sans Frontières) and Our Beloved Month of August [+see also:
film profile] by Portugal’s Miguel Gomes (Shellac - 20 screens).
(Translated from French)
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