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French comedies and young sprouts on big screen (2)

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French comedies and young sprouts on big screen (2)

With 60 French productions programmed for release between the end of August and December 31, aside from the big releases (see news), all eyes are on mainstream films (especially comedies), which it is hoped will help keep the market share for local titles at a high and fight off competition from US titles. The last quarter also sees the arrival of a number of features by young directors.

Among the films being shown to the general public by distributors with the largest funds are Michel Boujenah’s 3 amis [+see also:
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(August 22), Daniel Cohen’s Les deux mondes [+see also:
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(November 14) and Djamel Bensalah’s Big City (December 12) – all Gaumont releases.

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Pathé has high hopes for Marc Esposito’s Le cœur des hommes 2 [+see also:
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(October 24). Meanwhile, EuropaCorp will bring Laurent Bouhnik’s L’invité [+see also:
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to screens on September 19, while Wild Bunch Distribution has programmed Bruno Dega and Jeanne Leguillou’s Détrompez-vous [+see also:
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(“Don’t You Believe It”) for an October 24 release.

StudioCanal will release L’heure zéro [+see also:
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by Pascal Thomas (October 24) and Ce soir, je dors chez toi [+see also:
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(“I’m Sleeping at Your Place This Evening”) by Olivier Baroux (November 14). Other forthcoming releases include Anne-Marie Etienne’s Et si c’était lui… (ARP Sélection, November 28) and Jérôme L’Hotsky’s Fool Moon (December 19, CQFD).

Remakes due for release include Gérard Krawczyk’s L’auberge rouge [+see also:
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, which Warner will distribute widely on December 5 and Vincent Perez’ supernatural drama The Secret [+see also:
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(October 10, EuropaCorp).

Other titles to watch out for are Véra Belmont’s Survivre avec les loups (November 21, Bac Films), Sam Karmann’s La vérité ou presque [+see also:
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(September 12, Rezo Films) and Christine Carrière’s Darling [+see also:
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(September release, Gaumont).

Young French cinema will be showing off all its diversity with Raphaël Fetjö’s L’âge d’homme… maintenant ou jamais (September 12, UGC Distribution), starring Romain Duris; Marc Fitoussi’s La vie d’artiste [+see also:
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(September 5, Haut et Court, see article); Audrey Estrougo’s Regarde moi – Ain’t Scared (October 3, Gaumont); Romuald Beugnon’s Vous êtes de la police [+see also:
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(formerly Les sapins bleus) (November 7, Memento Films Distribution); and Jalil Lespert’s 24 mesures [+see also:
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(November 28, MK2).

Other titles trying their luck are Olivier Panchot’s Sans moi [+see also:
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(October 10, Haut et Court), David Oelhoffen’s Nos retrouvailles [+see also:
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(September 19, CTV International), Sébastien Betbeder’s Nuage [+see also:
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(September 19, Bodega Films), Isild Le Besco’s Charly [+see also:
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(September 12, Tamasa Distribution) and Marc Gibaja’s Ma vie sans Meg Ryan [+see also:
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(December 19, StudioCanal).

Further releases include Idit Cebula’s Deux vies plus une [+see also:
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(October 17, Rezo Films), Sébastien Jaudeau’s La part animale (October release, Solaris Distribution), Red Ants [+see also:
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by Stéphane Carpiaux (November 7, Jour2Fête), Emmanuel Finkiel’s Nulle part, terre promise (November 7, Sophie Dulac Distribution) and, last but not least, Bernard Campan’s La face cachée [+see also:
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(September 19, Wild Bunch Distribution), Gilles Blanchard’s Tête d’Or [+see also:
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and Anne Le Ny’s Ceux qui restent [+see also:
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(August 29, StudioCanal).

French co-productions include Cannes Caméra d’Or winner Jellyfish [+see also:
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by Israeli directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (September 5, Pyramide), Cannes darling Eran Korilin’s The Band’s Visit [+see also:
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(December 19, Sophie Dulac Distribution), as well as Le chaos by Egypt’s Youssef Chahine (December release, Tadrart Films) and XXY [+see also:
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by Argentina’s Lucia Puenzo (December 26, Pyramide).

Documentaries new on screens include Nicolas Philibert’s Back to Normandy [+see also:
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(October 3, Les Films du Losange) Gilles de Maistre’s documentary Le premier cri (October 24, Buena Vista International), Laurent Charbonnier’s Les animaux amoureux (December 19, TFM) and Rodolphe Marconi’s Lagerfeld Confidential [+see also:
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(October 10, Pretty Pictures).

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(Translated from French)

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