The Long Falling, Robert Mitchum hit screens
by Aurore Engelen
In Belgium, today sees the release of two unusual co-productions, backed by the Belgian French Community Film and Audiovisual Centre.
The cinematic love affair between Martin Provost and Yolande Moreau continues to play out on the big screen. After the miraculous Seraphine [+see also:
film profile], which took the film world by surprise, captivating audiences and unexpectedly winning the Best Film and Best Actress Césars, Provost has once again cast his favourite actress in a strong role as Rose in The Long Falling.
Weary of life and her husband’s beatings, one day this woman takes back her freedom by getting rid of him. Believing the past is behind her, she tries to rebuild a new life with her son in Brussels.
The Long Falling [+see also:
film profile] is the first feature by production company Christmas in July, headed by Julie Salvador, a former producer at F comme Film, who also produced the title. Co-produced by Belgium’s Artémis, the film is being released by Cinéart on four screens.
In the same vein as the laconic road movies of Gustave de Kervern-Benôit Delépine and Bouli Lanners, another directorial duo, Olivier Babinet and Fred Khin, are releasing the zany Robert Mitchum Is Dead [+see also:
film profile]. Olivier Gourmet plays a former rocker with kleptomaniac tendencies who has restyled himself as an agent for talented out-of-work actors and wants to (re)launch the career of Franky. Obsessed with his plan, he promises him Hollywood glory, via the Arctic Circle.
With nods to the work of Jim Jarmush and Aki Kaurismaki (whose DoP, Timo Salminen, they incidentally hired), Kihn and Babinet also took to the road, travelling from festival to festival, winning over the juries at Premiers Plans in Angers (Grand Prize) and Dieppe (Prix de l’Insolite).
In an unusual European financing set-up, the film was produced by France’s
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