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Before the Winter Chill: Philippe Claudel in the steps of Sautet

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- Daniel Auteuil shines in the third feature by the novelist, distributed by UGC

Before the Winter Chill: Philippe Claudel in the steps of Sautet
Daniel Auteuil in Before the Winter Chill

Amongst the 16 (!) new films making their way to French theatres today, the Franco-Luxembourger coproduction Before the Winter Chill [+see also:
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stands out. The film is the 3rd feature by novelist Philippe Claudel after I’ve Loved You So Long [+see also:
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and Silence of Love [+see also:
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. Released by UGC in 252 cinemas, this subtle film is clearly in line with the psychological cinema of Claude Sautet, a link represented by the always excellent Daniel Auteuil (who shares the screen with Kristin Scott Thomas, Leïla Bekhti and Richard Berry).

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According to Philippe Claudel, "it was about deciphering a man – a couple – before the winter of his life, moving from a flamboyant autumn, very solar, to a progressive loss of light (...) They live in a bubble, far from the world. Paul only leaves his beautiful house to get into his beautiful car to go to his beautiful hospital, and at night he does the same journey the other way round. It’s a gilded prison, magnificent, a picture-perfect world that can be a source of envy. Seemingly, everything is going well for them, but we realize that after a small incident takes place, when we look a little deeper, not everything is as harmonious as it first appears: this couple doesn’t speak (...) We find ourselves on the border of genres. I use this method in my books: playing with codes, mixing them, blending an intimate storyline with that of a thriller (...) There is no hysterical crisis, no climax; this is a bourgeois lifestyle and outbursts don’t have their place.”

Also in theatres today, the Franco-Belgium coproduction The March [+see also:
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by Nabil Ben Yadir (EuropaCorp in 450 cinemas) and the Franco-German-Russian-Canadian feature Friends from France [+see also:
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by duo Anne Weil - Philippe Kotlarski (discovered in Toronto - Pyramide Distribution on 38 screens). Also in the game, the documentaries Amazonia [+see also:
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by Thierry Ragobert (unveiled out of competition at the Venice Mostra - Le Pacte in 331 cinemas), Comment j'ai détesté les maths by Olivier Peyon (Haut et Court on 24 screens) and L'escale [+see also:
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by Kaveh Bakhtiari (selected at the Directors’ Fortnight 2013 - Epicentre Films in 22 cinemas).

It is finally worth mentioning In Bloom [+see also:
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by duo Nana Ekvtimishvili - Simon Groß (discovered at the Berlinale, winner notably in Sarajevo and distributed by its French coproducer Arizona Films on 11 screens), Dracula [+see also:
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by Italian director Dario Argento (Panoceanic Films on 11 screens), the British-American-Cuban coproduction Una noche [+see also:
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by Lucy Mulloy (Outplay in 7 cinemas) and An Afghan Love Story [+see also:
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by Barmak Akram (discovered at Sundance - ASC Distribution in 15 cinemas).

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(Translated from French)

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