Kaurismäki and Rossi Stuart receive AFCAE support
Autumn has a European flavour to it in French AFCAE arthouse theatres, as the association has announced it will fund the releases of Along the Ridge [+see also:
interview: Kim Rossi Stuart
film profile] by Italy’s Kim Rossi Stuart and Lights in the Dusk [+see also:
film profile] by Finnish helmer Aki Kaurismäki, along with two domestic titles: Oh Là Là! [+see also:
film profile] by Anne Fontaine and Fragments of Antonin [+see also:
film profile] by Gabriel Le Bomin.
AFCAE, which has a network of 1,024 theatres (over 2,000 screens out of a total 5,366 in France), is to grant the four features funding for their programming, preview screenings held in the regions for exhibitors and their partners, circulation of prints to encourage greater exhibition and the publication of an accompanying brochure for the public.
November 8 sees the MK2 release of Along the Ridge, the directorial debut by actor Rossi Stuart (Crime Novel [+see also:
interview: Michele Placido
film profile]). Received to high acclaim at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, the film – produced by RAI Cinema and Palomar – was released in Italy in May (see article).
Kaurismäki’s film, which screened in official Competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival (see article), is a European co-production between Finland Sputnik Oy, Pandora (Germany), and France’s Arte France Cinéma and Pyramide. The new feature by the whimsical Finnish director is opening through Pyramide on October 25.
AFCAE is granting funding to a third Cannes title, Fontaine’s Fontaine’s Oh Là Là, presented out of competition on the Croisette (see news). Starring Danielle Darrieux and Arielle Dombasle, the Mosca Films film, co-produced by Ciné B and France 2 Cinéma with the backing of the CNC, will also open on November 8, through Haut et Court.
Lastly, Le Bomin’s Fragments of Antonin, starring Grégori Dérangère, Anouk Grinberg, Aurélien Recoing, Niels Arestrup, Laure Duthilleul and Bernard Giraudeau, has also been granted funding from the association.
This is good news for the debut feature produced by Dragoonie Films and funded through CNC advances in receipts, and which is expected to pick up awards at the Namur International Francophone Film Festival before its French release on November 8 through Rezo Films.
(Translated from French)
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