Diverse, high-quality 10-strong European line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
Standing out among the 13 features hitting French theatres today are ten European productions and co-productions representing a wide range of genres. This high-quality panorama takes in films from French director Delphine Gleize’s poetically subtle, critically-acclaimed The Moon Child [+see also:
film profile], starring Vincent Lindon (see news – distributed by Studio 37 and Rezo Films on 207 screens) to Spanish helmer Jaume Collet-Serra’s thrilling action film Unknown [+see also:
film profile], which was unveiled out of competition at Berlin (see review). Mainly co-produced by Germany, France and the United Kingdom, the latter film, starring Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger, is being launched by StudioCanal in almost 350 theatres.
French production also holds its own in terms of diversity with Alexandre Coffe’s funny detective comedy Borderline [+see also:
film profile], starring Belgian actor François Damiens (Bac Films on 179 screens); Raphaël Jacoulot’s subtly manipulative thriller The Night Clerk [+see also:
film profile] (see news), featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Vincent Rottiers and Sylvie Testud (UGC Distribution in about 110 theatres); and Djamshed Usmonov’s suggestive film My Wife’s Romance [+see also:
film profile] (see news), starring Léa Seydoux and Olivier Gourmet (Ad Vitam on 18 screens). Also in the line-up are two documentaries: Daniel Leconte’s incisive Le Bal des Menteurs (“The Liars’ Dance”), which looks back at the Clearstream affair (Happiness Distribution); and Vincent Glenn’s Indices (“Indexes”, distributed by Coopérative Direction Humaine des Ressources).
Three other European titles are putting in an appearance: Twentieth Century Fox is distributing Mark Romanek’s surprising Brit film Never Let Me Go [+see also:
interview: Domhnall Gleeson
film profile], starring Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield (see review), while Héliotrope Films is releasing a 18-print run of Uruguayan director Alvaro Brechner’s moving Spanish co-production Bad Day to Go Fishing [+see also:
film profile] (see review and interview), which was unveiled in Cannes Critics’ Week 2009. Finally, ZED is launching a 30-print run of Aktan Arym Kubat’s gripping Kyrgyzstani/German/French/Dutch co-production The Light Thief [+see also:
film profile], which won acclaim in last year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and on the Piazza Grande at Locarno.
(Translated from French)
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