PARIS — As France emerges from its third day of national mourning following Friday’s tragic attacks, the city’s theaters have all reopened, while film execs deliver homages and weigh in on film releases and festivities.
Although France President Francois Hollande has not yet raised the State of Emergency, the country’s biggest theater chain, the Gaumont-Pathe circuit, has reopened. However, many releases, notably Natalie Portman starrer “Jane Got a Gun,” have been delayed.
“Jane Got a Gun,” which was supposed to be released on Wednesday by Mars Distribution, has been postponed until early 2016, per the company’s boss Stephane Celerier. This week’s film premieres have also been canceled, including Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” Nanni Moretti’s “My Mother,” Universal’s “Steve Jobs” and StudioCanal’s Tom-Hardy starrer “Legend.”
Meanwhile, Gaumont, which handles one of the biggest arthouse French releases slated for this week, “L’hermine” (“Courted”) with Fabrice Luchini, has maintained the rollout. Under Sidonie Dumas’ leadership, the studio will bow the buzzed-about movie, which won two nods at the Venice Film Festival and has sold worldwide, on a wide 370 playdates.
“In this dramatic context linked to the terrorist attacks in Paris, we salute … the reopening of Parisian theaters. Sharing a film, it’s getting together to share a moment of pleasure, joy, emotion and reflection,” said Matthieu Tarot, who produced “Courted” via his outfit Albertine Productions.
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Tarot added, “This love story carried by Farbice Luchini is, for us, a delicate and sensitive answer to those who want to make us forget who we are.”
The French Producers’ Guild (APC) has released a statement to pay tribute to the victims, their survivors and everyone who was affected by the events.
“More than ever, creation is indispensable to allow each and every one to express their dreams, fears, emotions; and may the desire to live and share be an answer,” said the APC, which reps the bulk of France’s producers.
“Even if we know that we have now fallen into a world that is more violent, more uncertain and more worrisome, that will not prevent us from living, working, fabricating bubbles of freedom and carefreeness by offering people two hours during which they can get carried away, feel emotion, sometimes even in a politically-incorrect or transgressive way,” added the APC.