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Eagerly awaited films abound in last quarter (1)

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Eagerly awaited films abound in last quarter (1)

Domestic titles will reign supreme in French cinemas in the last quarter of 2007, with over 60 local titles to hit screens between the end of August and December 31.

Among the programmed releases are three eagerly awaited titles. The first of these is Jean-Jacques Annaud’s His Majesty Minor [+see also:
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, starring Vincent Cassel and José Garcia (October 10, StudioCanal), followed by Alain Corneau’s thriller Second Wind [+see also:
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, starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci (October 24, ARP Sélection), and The Fox and the Child [+see also:
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(December 12, Buena Vista International) Luc Jacquet’s latest film after his hit title The March of the Penguins [+see also:
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There is also no shortage of outsiders at the box office, with titles such as Jan Kounen’s 99 francs [+see also:
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(26 September, Pathé), starring Jean Dujardin; Florent-Emilio Siri’s L’ennemi intime [+see also:
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(October 3, SND) with Benoît Magimel; Claude Miller’s Un secret [+see also:
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(October 3, UGC); and Noémie Lvosky’s L’ami de Fred Astaire [+see also:
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(14 November, UGC).

Eagerly awaited action movies include Hitman [+see also:
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by Xavier Gens (November 21, EuropaCorp) and Julien Leclerc’s Chrysalis [+see also:
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(October 31, Gaumont).

Thrillers are also plentiful in supply with Ariel Zeitoun’s Le gang des postiches (October 24, EuropaCorp), Albert Lot’s La chambre des morts (October 31, Bac Films), Nicolas Boukhrief’s Cortex (26 December, Wild Bunch) and, last but not least, Olivier AssayasBoarding Gate [+see also:
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(August 22, ARP Sélection).

Other Gallic titles expected to do good business are Manuel Poirier’s The House [+see also:
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(August 22, Diaphana), Eric Rohmer’s Les amours d'Astrée et de Céladon [+see also:
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(September 5, Rezo Films, see article) and a string of films straight from the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight: The Human Question [+see also:
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by Nicolas Klotz (September 12, Sophie Dulac Distribution), Mia Hansen-Love’s All Is Forgiven [+see also:
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(September 26, Pyramide), Danielle Arbid’s A Lost Man [+see also:
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(September 19, MK2), Jacques Nolot’s Before I Forget [+see also:
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(October 17, ID Distribution) and Serge Bozon’s France [+see also:
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(November 21, Shellac).

Joining this impressive list are Damien Odoul’s L'Histoire de Richard O. [+see also:
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(September 19, Bac Films, see news) and Emmanuel Mouret’s Shall We Kiss? [+see also:
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(December 12, TFM).

Other Cannes releases include Paranoid Park [+see also:
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by US director Gus van Sant (produced and distributed by MK2, release date October 24) and French co-productions Silent Light [+see also:
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by Carlos Reygadas (Bac Films), Naomi Kawase’s The Mourning Forest (October 31, Haut et Court) and Alexandre Sokourov’s Alexandra [+see also:
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(September 26, Rezo Films).

And, last but not least, another top quality US/French co-production: Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream [+see also:
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(October 31, TFM).

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(Translated from French)

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