Diaphana launches Playing Dead in 199 theatres
by Fabien Lemercier
- Jean-Paul Salomé's police comedy arrives in theatres where Me Myself and Mum is still pulling in the crowds
While attendance figures for 2013 in French theatres look to be lower after a disappointing month of November (down 19.1% versus November 2012) with a total 171.55 million admissions over the first 11 months of the year (down 7.2 % versus the period from January to November, 2012) according to estimates published by the CNC, a few titles currently on the bill are nevertheless managing to keep their heads above water. Among them, Me Myself and Mum [+see also:
film profile] by Guillaume Gallienne stands out with 1.5 million viewers in 18 days (distribution Gaumont), together with Chinese Puzzle [+see also:
film profile] by Cédric Klapisch, which started out with 418,000 admissions in its first five days of screening (distribution StudioCanal). It's worth noting that the2013 market share of French films is estimated at 33.2 % over the first 11 months of 2013 (versus 42 % for January-November, 2012), as compared with 53.3 % for American movies.
Today, the police comedy Playing Dead [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-Paul Salomé, appreciated out of competition at the Rome Film Festival with Belgian duo François Damiens and Géraldine Nakache topping the bill, is being launched in 199 theatres by Diaphana. Another comedy for Wild Bunch Distribution, which is placing its bets on 100% Cachemire by Valérie Lemercier (read the article).
Also worth noting, Journey to the Christmas Star [+see also:
film profile] by Norwegian director Nils Gaup (distribution Condor Entertainement/KMBO), which was a great hit in its own country and has been sold all over the world. This Wednesday's European bill is completed by the Indian-German-French co-production The Lunchbox [+see also:
film profile] by Ritesh Batra (unviled in the Critics' Week in Cannes - Happiness Distribution), the Italian-Argentinian animation film L'arche de Noé by Juan Pablo Buscarini (distribution Artédis) and the French feature films Bien profond dans ton âme by Jean Adrien (distribution Grizouille) and Nous irons vivre ailleurs by Nicolas Karolszyk (distribution La Vingt-Cinquième Heure).
(Translated from French)
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