Salvatores finally in the theatres
Screened in official competition in Berlin 2003, L’été où j’ai grandi [+see also:
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film profile] (Io non ho paura) by Italian filmmaker Gabriele Salvatores will finally hit the French screen on the 3rd of August thanks to distribution by TFM Distribution with 30 prints. A good opportunity for spectators in France to rediscover the work of the man who won Best Foreign Film at the Oscars of 1992 with Mediterraneo.
An European co-production bringing together Italy Colorado Film, Cattleya and Medusa Film, Spain Alquimia Cinema and Britain with The Producers Films, L’été où j’ai grandi came out in 2003 in Italy, in Spain, in Belgium, in Sweden, in Norway, in Germany and in Greece. The feature was then distributed in 2004 in Switzerland Holland, Finland, Hungary, Britain, Slovenia, Austria and Denmark in 2004. And the director already had a success this year with the thriller Quo Vadis, baby ? which has performed strongly in the Italian screens since the 27th of May (more than 1,8 million euros of receipts).
Jean-Paul Rougier, director general of TFM, explained to Cineuropa the reasons for the late release in France but not in the rest of Europe: "The film was bought initially by Miramax and we made a 50-50 deal. But we didn’t really know how to deal with it since the release of the thriller in Italy and other territories had a limited success. So we re-thought things and changed the title, L’été où j’ai grandi, to distance it from the Italian and English titles (Io non ho paura, I'm not scared). It’s not an easy film because it’s not obviously for the art-house or the circuits. So we had to find the right date. The 3rd of August, we will be the only quality European film and we’ll have an excellent release.".
(Translated from French)
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