About twenty films have already announced their intention to be released in theaters on May 19, the day of the reopening of most cultural venues, including cinemas, according to a French Film count.
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To date, the professionals, many of whom fear an overflow in the first weeks with more than 400 films pending, have not announced an agreement to regulate the releases, as several of them hoped. And as soon as President Emmanuel Macron announced a reopening of cinemas on May 19, a series of films announced their intention to be released on that day, where a maximum gauge of one third of the capacity of theaters should be applied.
Among them, the absurd comedy Mandible by Quentin Dupieux (with the comedians of the Palma Show and Adèle Exarchopoulos) presented at the last Venice Film Festival or Fly Me by Christophe Barratier, a “feel-good movie” with the grandson of “Bébel”, Victor Belmondo, in the title role.
It will also be necessary to reckon with Sixteen Spring, first film by Suzanne Lindon, the daughter of Sandrine Kiberlain and Vincent Lindon, on the romantic initiation of a Parisian high school student (played by herself), or the return of Emmanuelle Béart in The Embrace, where she explores the sentimental reconstruction of a widow.
On the side of foreign productions, Falling, a family drama about old age, illness and the father-son relationship, which marks the passage behind the camera of Viggo Mortensen, has announced its intention to release.
A dozen films released just before theaters close at the end of October have also planned to try their luck again, starting with the big winner of the César, the comedy Goodbye Cons, by Albert Dupontel, in an explosive trio with Virginie Efira and Nicolas Marié. Must also be taken back DNA by Maïwenn or Drunk by Thomas Vinterberg, just awarded the Oscar for best foreign film.