French film tour in the UK
by Annika Pham
- Four new French films are going to benefit this year from a special promotional tour taking place in London and Scotland in the framework of the Renault French Film Season
Kristin Scott Thomas is heading a delegation of French talent and filmmakers who are going to take part of the Renault French Film Season organized for the third time by the Institut Français in London and Unifrance Films, in co-operation with UGC Cinemas and main sponsor Renault.
This year, four new French films -set for release in the UK in 2005- are going to benefit from this special promotional tour that will start in Edinburgh and Glasgow on March 30 and will continue in London on March 31 and April 1. The films are Eleonore Faucher’s A Common Thred (Brodeuses) with Ariane Ascaride scheduled for release by Soda Pictures on May 20, Arnaud Desplechin’s Kings And Queen [+see also:
film profile] (Rois et reine) to be released by Artificial Eye on June 17, Olivier Assayas’ Clean, to be released by Vertigo Films on July 15, and Jean-Paul Salome’s Arsene Lupin to be released by Cinefile on September 9.
Frederic Lavigne, Deputy Director of the Institut Français said: “We are delighted that this year’s Renault French Film Season features four such varied films, testimony to the diversity and dynamism of contemporary French cinema. Each film will be premiered in London and Scotland in the presence of its director and lead. We are very proud of our ongoing support of independent distributors who are releasing these films beyond the more familiar multiplex product”.
Kate Cox, Marketing Manager of UGC Cinemas added that the French exhibition and production company is “delighted” to be associated to the event for the third year running…although this will certainly be the last one as UGC Cinemas -the third largest exhibition chain in the UK- was bought last December by US investor Blackstone group.
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