American films not doing too good in France

French cinema was triumphant this past week in its home country as the first foreign film, Mamma Mia!, settled in 5th place and the first American film, Lakeview Terrace, took the 7th spot. The latest Golden Palm winner, The Class (original title Entre Les Murs) retained the top position in its second week, while the new release Go Fast took second place. Rounding out the top five are the dramedies Paris 36 (original title Faubourg 36) and Client (original title Cliente) in the third and fourth spots respectively.

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

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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

New Trailer: The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button

Response to footage of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, the new film from cult director David Fincher (Zodiac), has been rather lukewarm so far but I must say this trailer looks amazing, just like the first one. Naturally, this new trailer gives us more insight into the movie’s plot and it seems fascinating, while reminding me a bit of last year’s Youth Without Youth, the overlooked comeback of legendary director Francis Ford Coppola (The Rainmaker).

Written by Eric Roth (Lucky You) and Robin Swicord (The Jane Austen Book Club), based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button tells the story of a man who’s born with the body of an old man and who grows younger as he ages. It stars Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading), Cate Blanchett (Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Elle Fanning (Reservation Road, also Charlotte’s Web actress Dakota’s younger sister), Elias Koteas (Shooter), Jason Flemyng (Mirrors) and Julia Ormond (Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) among others.

In any case, this promises another brilliant performance for Pitt. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button will premiere around Christmas in the US and Australia and in most other countries in January & February 2009. But to me the real question is, what’s with all the Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett pairings recently? First they were supposed to co-star in The Fountain, then they were together in Babel and now this…WTF?