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53 European films slated for release before end of 2006 (1 – UK & Germany)

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Non-domestic European films look set to enjoy a successful last quarter of 2006 in France, with the planned release of 53 European titles in theatres from August 23 through December 27, compared to only 26 features for the same period in 2005.

Heading the list are 11 UK productions, with Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning The Wind That Shakes the Barley [+see also:
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(see Focus) due for release on August 23 (Diaphana).

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Also straight from Cannes are Andrea Arnold’s Jury Prize winner Red Road [+see also:
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(see article), scheduled for an October release (Equation), and UK competition title Fast Food Nation [+see also:
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(see news) by US director Richard Linklater, set to open on November 22 (La Fabrique de Films).

Other UK releases include The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes [+see also:
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by brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay (September 20, E.D. Distribution); Severance [+see also:
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by Christopher Smith (October 18, La Fabrique de Films); Stormbreaker [+see also:
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by Geoffrey Sax (October 25, Metropolitan); and the remake of Dracula: Prince of Darkness by Terence Fisher (October 25, Swashbuckler Films).

20th Century Fox will release Confetti [+see also:
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by Debbie Isitt on November 1 and Imagine Me and You [+see also:
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by Ol Parker on November 29.

Canadian/UK co-production Snow Cake [+see also:
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by Marc Evans, which opened the 2006 Berlin Film Festival (see article), is due to open on December 27 (MK2).

Lastly, Pathé will release The Queen [+see also:
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by Stephen Frears (see news) at a date yet to be announced.

The German cinema revival will have a rendezvous on French screens with ten films in total, including popular titles screened at Berlin this year. TFM will unveil Oskar Roehler’s Atomised [+see also:
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(formerly titled The Elementary Particles, see Focus) on August 30, while Océan Films will release Hans-Christian Schmid’s Requiem [+see also:
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interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
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interview: Sandra Hueller
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(see article) on October 18.

French audiences will also have the opportunity to discover Kebab Connection by Anno Saul (September 20, K Films); Luther by Eric Till (September 27, Grimace Films); Tom Tykwer’s Perfume: The Story of a Murderer [+see also:
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(October 4, Metropolitan); and Windows on Monday by Ulrich Koehler (October 11, ASC Distribution).

Diaphana will release acclaimed documentary Into Great Silence [+see also:
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by Philip Gröning (see Focus) sometime in November, along with German/Spanish co-production The Great Match [+see also:
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by Gerardo Olivares (date yet to be confirmed).

Also slated for release before the end of 2006 are German/Austrian co-production Unveiled [+see also:
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by Angelina Maccarone (Artedis) and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s The Lives of Others [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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