Laure Calamy, who plays Noémie, Mathias Barneville’s crazy assistant in Call my agent!, won the César (French equivalent of the Oscars) for best actress for My donkey, my lover and me, the film by Caroline Vignal which opens this weekend in the United States from Greenwich Entertainment. It’s the distributor’s second narrative film in a year and its widest release since. The rescue.
Large here means 52 screens in 28 markets in the United States where the specialty box office can still be quite a pain, especially for foreign-language fare. Greenwich releases around two films a month, mostly documentaries. My donkey (Antionette In The Cevennes in French) is Calamy’s first lead film role. It has a theatrical window until August 30.
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It’s kind of a summer vacation flick starring Calamy as a romantically stalking fifth-grade teacher having an affair with the married father of one of his students and looking forward to spending time with him during school breaks. summer vacation while his wife and child are at the beach. But he cancels when the wife opts for a family trekking holiday in the Cévennes, a French national park renowned for its treks with donkeys to carry the bags. Undeterred, Antoinette also books a trip with her own cantankerous mule.
Given current US market conditions, “I don’t want to exaggerate. But it worked well in [other] English-speaking markets around the world,” said Greenwich co-chairman Ed Arentz.
The film debuted at [digital] Cannes in 2020 and was a surprise Covid-era hit. notably in Australia and New Zealand, where theater business remained relatively strong in 2021. It grossed over $1 million for Palace Films in Australia.
Apart Nope, there are not many new releases this weekend in broad or specialized release. There have been a handful of movies targeting older female demos recently, like Mrs. Harris goes to Paris and Where the Crawdads sing. Both opened strong last weekend, Mrs Harris on just under 1,000 screens, crawdads = crawfish wide.
But independent distributors have yet to solve the riddle of the older audience. Some “are going to be hardcore, regardless of the prevalence of Covid, and are going to stay at home. So hopefully we get them on August 30,” Arentz said.
My donkeywritten by Vignal, also stars Benjamin Lavernhe and Olivia Côte.
Other specialized outlets: Magnolia Pictures presents a hybrid documentary My old school, directed by Jono McLeod and starring Alan Cumming. The film, which premiered at Sundance, opens in New York at the Film Forum and then rolls to other markets including LA (Laemmle), Chicago, Boston and San Francisco with around 40-50 theaters booked for it. day.
A true story of the mysterious new student at a Scottish boarding school. In 1993, Brandon Lee enrolled at Bearsden Academy, surprising teachers by surging towards his goal of entering medical school and displaying a wealth of knowledge beyond his years. He found friends despite his initial awkwardness, taking bullied students under his wing, introducing classmates to landmark retro bands and starring in the school’s South Pacific production – before his incredible secret broke. be revealed.
Vertical Entertainment opens rom-com Katie Holmes for Tribeca premiere alone together in limited edition. Holmes stars a New York food critic upstate for a supposedly temporary romantic getaway to escape the pandemic. She discovers that her room has been double-booked by the recently single Charlie. Then her boyfriend to stay in town to take care of his parents. As spring unfolds, the pair develop an unexpected intimacy against the ongoing backdrop of life in early lockdown. Written and produced by Holmes. Also stars Zosia Mamet, Jim Sturgess, Derek Luke, Becky Ann Baker, Melissa Leo.
Nan moviewritten by Catharine Tate and Ted Lasso’s Brett Goldstein, and based on Tate’s BBC comedy sketch series Rude Grandmother The Catherine Tate Show. In limited theatrical release – NY, LA, Orlando, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul — and on request. With Tate, Matthew Horne, Katherine Parkinson, Parker Sawyers, Tom Vaughn-Lawlor, Jack Doolan, Niky Wardley.
Yas Raj Film Presents Hindi Film Shamshera by Karan Malhotra with Ranbir Kapoor. Indian films, from Bollywood and beyond, have become mainstays of the American specialty box office. They open day and date, and it looks promising. A slave fights to free his tribe of warriors from a ruthless general. Deadline highlighted Bollywood and the photo recently.