ScreenDaily’s weekly round-up of the local and independent releases in key markets this week.
Arthouse distributor Artificial Eye gives Mexican drama I’m Gonna Explode a UK release from Friday (January 1). Gerardo Naranjo writes and directs the film, which stars Juan Pablo de Santiago and Maria Deschamps as two rebellious adolescents.
David Mackenzie’s US production Spread receives a nationwide release through indie distributor Optimum Releasing, also from New Year’s Day. The romantic comedy centres on a serial womanizer, played by Ashton Kutcher, and his jilted lover.
Tales From The Golden Age, a film comprised of five stories, is released on today(December 30). The film, written (in part) and produced by Four Months, Three Weeks And Two Days director Cristian Mungiu, is an unconventional history of Romania at the end of the Communist era. Le Pacte has French distribution rights.
The Misfortunates (La Merditude Des Choses), a Belgian film from director Felix Van Groeningen also goes out today. The story follows a 13-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother, his father and his three uncles. The dramedy is a coming of age tale following Johan Heldenbergh, Koen De Graeve and Pauline Grossen. MK2 is releasing in France.
Finally, Cannes closing night film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky also debuts on December 30 through Wild Bunch Distribution. The film, directed by Jan Kounen, stars Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen in the story of the love affair between the historical icons..
TriPictures, one of Spain’s leading US indie film distributors, will release Mark Waters’ romantic comedy Ghosts of Girlfriends Past in Spain this week. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a bachelor who embarks on a Christmas Carol-style journey through his romantic history prompted by his brother’s wedding. TriPctures will be hoping to match or better the film’s UK takings of $6m.
Another romantic film set to hit Spanish screens is Brandon Camp’s Love Happens, starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. Eckhart plays a self-help guru trying to overcome the loss of his wife. Local outfit Vertice is the distributor.
Disney will release UK director Kirk Jones’ comedy drama Everybody’s Fine, starring Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. De Niro picked up the best actor award at the Hollywood Film Festival for his portrayal of a father who tries to get to know his grown up kids better after the death of his wife. Jones’ previous film Nanny McPhee, which starred Emma Thompson, took a respectable $2.7m in Spain in 2006.