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1st semester 2006: the French Heavyweights

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1st semester 2006: the French Heavyweights

After the end of a 2005 lacking a bit on cinema goers (-11% of admissions), the French film industry is ready to take arms and attack the first half of 2006, a half that will count with some important heavyweights among the 110 feature films that have been programmed to play in cinemas. It will be on January 24th that Haut et Court will release Vers le Sud by Laurent Cantet, which will be followed by the comedy that premiers on February 1st Les Bronzés 3 – Amis pour la vie [+see also:
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by Patrice Leconte (Warner) and el 8 La piste by Eric Valli (Gaumont Columbia TriStar Films, February 8th), Toute la beauté du monde by Marc Esposito (UGC Distribution) and the first shocking feature film 13 – Tzameti [+see also:
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by Gela Babluani (MK2). Feb 15th will bring the release of the long awaited Fauteuil d’orchestre [+see also:
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by Danièle Thomson (Mars Distribution), which will share the list with Sauf le respect que je vous dois [+see also:
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by Fabienne Godet, and with Claude Chabrol’s new political and financial thriller L’ivresse du pouvoir [+see also:
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starring Isabelle Huppert and coming out a week after these two. Also, premiering February 22 will be: Quand j’étais chanteur [+see also:
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by Xavier Giannoli (EuropaCorp Distribution) starringGérard Depardieu, Cécile de France and Mathieu Amalric.
March holds for us an animation film, Renaissance [+see also:
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by Christian Volckman (Pathé – March 8th), who will try to show his innovative images, while the fiction debutants will be well represented with Hell by Bruno Chiche (SND – March 1st), Toi et moi [+see also:
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by Julie Lopes Curval (Pyramide – March 8th), Aurore [+see also:
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by Niels Tavernier (Les Films du Losange – March 22nd) or even Le Passager [+see also:
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by Eric Caravaca (Diaphana – March 22nd). Nevertheless, the indisputed film of the month is, La Doublure [+see also:
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by Francis Veber (Gaumont Columbia TriStar – March 29th) with Gad Elmaleh and Daniel Auteuil, while Du jour au lendemain [+see also:
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by Philippe Le Guay (Mars Distribution– March 15th)is the outsider among these film.

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Among the main films in the second trimester, these must be mentioned Quatre étoiles [+see also:
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by Christian Vincent (Mars Distribution – April 26th), Les Brigades du Tigre [+see also:
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by Jérôme Cornuau (TFM Distribution – April 12th), the French animation Astérix and the Vikings by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Moller (SND – April12th), Michou d’Auber [+see also:
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by Thomas Gilou (EuropaCorp – April 26th), the coproduction Silent Hill [+see also:
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by Christophe Gans (Metropolitan – April 26th), Le Passager de l’été [+see also:
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by Florence Moncorgé-Gabin (Mars – date to be set) and Zidane, un portrait du XXIe siècle (UIP – May 31st). Cinema lovers must also take not of Lady Chatterley by Pascale Ferran (Ad Vitam – May), L’étoile du soldat [+see also:
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by Christophe de Ponfilly (Films du Losange – April 19th), Sympathy for the Devil by Jean-Luc Godard (Carlotta Films - May 2006) et L’âme perdue au sommet by Temour Babluani (MK2 – May 24th). For comedy lovers, there will be the following choices Enfermé dehors [+see also:
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by Albert Dupontel (UGC – April 5th), Jean-Philippe, l’idole des jeunes [+see also:
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by Laurent Tuel (Mars – April 5th), OSS 117, Le Caire nid d’espions by Michel Hazanavicius (Gaumont Columbia TriStar Films – April 19th), Camping [+see also:
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by Fabien Onteniente (Pathé – May 10th) and Comme t’y es belle! by Lisa Azuelos (Pan Européenne – May 30th).
It must be noted that UGC Distribution still has to set a date for Concile de Pierre [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux and Héros de la famille [+see also:
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by Thierry Klifa. Gaumont Columbia TriStar Films has to do the same for The Science of Sleep [+see also:
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by Michel Gondry, Gémini for Dans Paris [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré, and Gebeka Films will follow as well with U [+see also:
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by Grégoire Solotareff and Serge Elissalde. In respect to French coproductions, these should be set apart A Perfect Day [+see also:
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by Lebanese Johana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Celluloïd Dreams Distribution – March1st) and WWW, What a Wonderful World [+see also:
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by Faouzi Bensaidi (Les Films du Losange – 31 May).

(Translated from French)

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