Trio of French films win the week in France

French cinema proved its strength this past week in its home country by taking over the whole top 3. The latest Golden Palm winner, The Class (original title Entre Les Murs) rushed to the top, while another new release, Paris 36 (original title Faubourg 36) took the second spot. The third place was filled by the comedy Let It Rain (original title Parlez-Moi De La Pluie) in its second week of release (check it out at the New York Film Festival on October 10th). The British musical Mamma Mia! came it at number four and the first American film, The Forbidden Kingdom, got fifth place.

Full top 20 with number of moviegoers after the jump. Continue reading

Slew of projects for ex-weather girl

Fresh off her debut in the hit The Girl From Monaco (original title La Fille De Monaco), 26 year old Louise Bourgoin is aligning movie after movie. First up will be the (romantic?) comedy Sweet Valentine, the feature directing debut for her Monaco co-star Fabrice Luchini’s daughter Emma.

She’ll then proceed with L’Autre Monde (literal translation The Other World), a cyber thriller in which a MMORPG makes gamers crazy, literally. The film will be directed by Gilles Marchand (Who Killed Bambi?) and will also star Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (Love Songs).

Finally, she’s joined the cast of Blanc Comme Neige (literal translation White As Snow), a cop film directed by Christophe Blanc (An Outgoing Woman) and co-starring François Cluzet (French Kiss) and Olivier Gourmet (The Child).