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Blood Ties: Guillaume Canet is an American gold digger

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- Amongst the new releases this week, the competitor from Cannes A Castle in Italy, the poetic Attila Marcel and the surprising Jasmine

Blood Ties: Guillaume Canet is an American gold digger
Clive Owen and Mila Kunis in Blood Ties

Diving towards new territories, erasing the borders of the topics’ nationalities, trying out new genres: the diversity of the French cinematographic production, from big budgets with international casts to the most purist of crafts, is particularly honoured this Wednesday in theatres, notably with two quite unprecedented remakes. 

The first is Blood Ties [+see also:
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by Guillaume Canet. Unveiled out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival 2013 (read the review), this English-language remake of Liens du sang [+see also:
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by Jacques Maillot (2008) was co-scripted by James Gray and filmed in New York by a director who never hid his love for 1970’s American cinema. Carried by a high class cast (Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Billy Crudup, James Caan, Mila Kunis, Matthias Schoenaerts, and Zoe Saldana) and launched by Mars Distribution on 433 screens, the film (which benefitted from a 19.79 M€ budget) will reveal Guillaume Canet’s popularity in the eyes of the public after Tell No One [+see also:
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(3.1 million admissions in France in 2007) and Little White Lies [+see also:
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(5.44 millions spectators in 2010).

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The second remake of the day, the comedy Fonzy [+see also:
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by Isabelle Doval is based on the excellent Starbuck by Canadian director Ken Scott, which had registered 466,000 admissions in France last year (via Diaphana Distribution). Revisited with José Garcia in the lead, the film is distributed by StudioCanal on 320 screens.

Director/actress Valeria Bruni Tedeschi has an existential experience of the mixture of cultures (through her Italian-French nationality) and she always injects it in the heart of her films. Her last opus, the elegant and sensitive A Castle in Italy [+see also:
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, discovered in competition in Cannes, is no exception (distribution Ad Vitam on 192 screens).

Migrating towards a new universe seems to be Sylvain Chomet’s new challenge with the poetic Attila Marcel [+see also:
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(read the article – released by Pathé on 71 screens), his first feature with real shots after his excellent animated films Belleville Rendez-vous [+see also:
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and The Illusionist [+see also:
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Finally, Alain Ughetto directed a marvellous journey through the modelling clay technique with Jasmine [+see also:
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, nominated for the European Film Award 2013 for Best Animated film and distributed by Shellac on 21 screens. Produced by Les Films du Tambour de Soie, this small masterpiece of craftsmanship tells the love story of a French man and an Iranian woman in the chaos of Teheran during the 1979 revolution.

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(Translated from French)

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