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New film releases hitting French theatres

ImagesFabien Lemercier from Cineuropa

European films make up the lion’s share of the 19 new releases hitting French theatres on December 30 and January 6, thanks in particular to several films unveiled on the Croisette.

On Wednesday, Wild Bunch Distribution launched Jan Kounen’s sumptuous Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [trailer], which closed the latest Cannes Film Festival (see review) and features French actress Anna Mouglalis and Danish star Mads Mikkelsen.  The same day, MK2 Diffusion will be hoping for success with the release of Belgian director Félix van Groeningen’s tragicomic The Misfortunates [trailer, film focus], which won great acclaim in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2009 and is Belgian hopeful for the 2010 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.


Meanwhile, Le Pacte is launching collective Romanian film Tales from the Golden Age (Part 1) [trailer], which was unveiled in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section in May (see review).

Also on December 30, Sophie Dulac Distribution will release Laurent Perreau’s Le Bel Âge (“The Beautiful Age”, see news), discovered in competition at the latest Locarno Film Festival; and Ad Vitam will launch Sébastien Lifshitz’s Plein Sud (“Due South”, formerly known as Mon Faible Cœur - see news).

StudioCanal will also be in the line-up with Jordan Scott’s UK/Irish co-production Cracks [trailer] (see news), while Warner will be counting on Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra’s US/Canadian/German/French co production Orphan.

On Wednesday, January 6, Mars Distribution will launch Alejandro Amenábar’s Spanish blockbuster Agora [trailer], which was unveiled out of competition at Cannes (see review), while Pathé Distribution will bring to screens Jane Campion’s elegant UK/Australian/French co-production Bright Star, which shone in competition at the latest Cannes Festival (see review [trailer]).

The line-up also includes Ounie Lecomte’s Korean/French co-production A Brand New Life, presented last May on the Croisette in official selection, out of competition (Diaphana Distribution).

Finally, EuropaCorp will launch its production The Whistler, a comedy directed by Philippe Lefebvre and starring François Berléand, Thierry Lhermitte and Sami Bouajila, while UgC Ph. will distribute Danish director Ole Bornedal’s Just Another Love Story [trailer] (in competition at Sundance 2008) and Pointligneplan will be behind the release of Jean-Charles Fitoussi’s Nocturnes for the King of Rome, presented in Cannes Critics’ Week 2006 (see review).

Fabien Lemercier

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