UGC brings out Serial Teachers 2 in 782 theatres
- Pierre-François Martin-Laval’s comedy has its eye on the jackpot at the box office, while the critics are backing Tale of Tales and Victoria
Serial Teachers 2 [+see also:
film profile] by Pierre-François Martin-Laval, which is produced and distributed by UGC, is hitting French screens in a big way today (with a total of 782 copies), and exhibitors are hoping to repeat the impressive performance of the first instalment, which took 3.9 million admissions in 2013. But this time around, the concept of the film is somewhat different, as the worst teachers in France are no longer teaching the worst students in their country – rather, they are heading off on mission to the best secondary school that England has to offer. The cast of this comedy sold by TF1 International includes such names as Isabelle Nanty, Kev Adams, the director himself and Didier Bourdon.
Today, the critics are standing firmly behind two non-French European films: the ambitious and inventive English-language feature Tale of Tales [+see also:
Q&A: Matteo Garrone
film profile] by Italian director Matteo Garrone, which was unveiled in competition at Cannes (distributed by Le Pacte in 194 theatres), and the astonishing Victoria [+see also:
interview: Sebastian Schipper
film profile] by German filmmaker Sebastian Schipper, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Artistic Contribution at Berlin and triumphant at the recent Lola Awards, the accolades given out every year by its home country (distribution by Version Originale/Condor in conjunction with Jour2Fete in 105 cinemas).
Also featuring among this week’s new releases are the Chinese-French co-production Fantasia [+see also:
film profile] by Wang Chao, which had its premiere in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2014 (Nour Films across 19 screens), and a feature film that has not yet been released in France, by Italian director Marco Bellocchio: Le prince de Hombourg (which took part in the Cannes competition in 1997 – distributed by Carlotta Films in eight theatres).
At the box office, which is currently dominated by US blockbusters, it is worth highlighting the great result racked up by the French production Mustang [+see also:
interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
film profile] by young Turkish filmmaker Deniz Gamze Ergüven, which has already enticed 125,000 viewers into theatres over 12 days (Ad Vitam Distribution), the 275,000 admissions raked in over 18 days by the refreshing The Sweet Escape [+see also:
film profile] by Bruno Podalydès (UGC Distribution) and the great start for One Wild Moment [+see also:
film profile] by Jean-François Richet (200,000 admissions in five days – Mars Films Distribution).
(Translated from French)
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