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French films get off to flamboyant start in 2007

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French films get off to flamboyant start in 2007

A gala opening is on the cards for French films in 2007 with several well-known directors making their return to the big screen. Régis Wargnier will be making his debut in the crime drama genre with Have Mercy on Us All [+see also:
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, which opens on January 24 (dist. Gaumont/Columbia TriStar Films).

On February 14, Edith Piaf is brought back to life in Olivier Dahan’s La vie en rose [+see also:
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(TFM Distribution , see article).

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Next in line is André Téchiné’s Les témoins [+see also:
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(March 7, UGC ; see news), followed by François Ozon’s UK production Angel [+see also:
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Wild Bunch Distribution) and Ensemble c'est tout [+see also:
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by Claude Berri (see article), opening through Pathé on March 28.

Two films released by Mars Distribution are among the most eagerly awaited titles in the first quarter of 2007: Frédéric Schoendoerffer’s Crime Insiders [+see also:
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(January 17, see news), and Pierre Jolivet’s Je crois que je l’aime [+see also:
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, starring Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Bonnaire and François Berléand (February 21).

Films by young French directors will also be well represented. Demented [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Barneaud
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by Laurent Achard (Best Director and Jean Vigo Award at Locarno 2006) arrives on screens on January 3 (Ad Vitam), My Son [+see also:
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by Martial Fougeron (Best Film and Best Actress to Nathalie Baye at San Sebastian 2006) is being released on March 7 (Mars Distribution) and J’attends quelqu’un [+see also:
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by Jérôme Bonnell on March 21 (Bac Films, see article).

Also lined up are Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s directorial debut Odette Toulemonde [+see also:
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(February 7, Pathé; see interview and news), Laurent Tirard’s Molière [+see also:
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(January 31, Wild Bunch Distribution) and Thomas Gilou’s Michou d’Auber [+see also:
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, starring Nathalie Baye and Gerard Depardieu (February 28, EuropaCorp.).

Other important releases include Ambitious [+see also:
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by Catherine Corsini (January 24, Pyramide), Danse avec lui [+see also:
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by Valérie Guignabodet (February 21, Pan Européenne Edition), and Philippe Leclerc’s animated title Princess of the Sun (April 4, Rezo Films).

Suspense and action will also not be in short supply with Eric Barbier’s The Snake [+see also:
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(January 10, Wild Bunch Distribution), Gérard Krawczyk’s Taxi 4 (February 14, EuropaCorp), Julien Seri’s Scorpion [+see also:
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(February 21, Bac Films), and Contre-enquête [+see also:
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by Franck Mancuso, starring Jean Dujardin and Laurent Lucas (March 7, Pathé).

Other new titles to discover include Jean-Pascal Hattu’s 7 Years [+see also:
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(February 21, Pyramide), Eric de Montalier’s Ma place au soleil [+see also:
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(March 14, Mars Distribution) and La tête de maman [+see also:
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by Carine Tardieu (April 4, UGC).

Likely Cannes contenders feature among the several titles without release dates: Abdelatif Kechiche’s La graine et le mulet [+see also:
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(see news), Nicolas Philibert’s documentary Back to Normandie [+see also:
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, Vellini [+see also:
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by Catherine Breillat, as well as Emir Kusturica’s French production Promise Me This and Italian/Spanish/French/Bulgarian co-production Le mas des alouettes by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.

(Translated from French)

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