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02 February 2021 à 15:26

International press roundup: January 2021

The first international press roundup of 2021 will focus on the East, where cinemas are taking advantage of shuttered markets on the other side of the globe and where film festivals continue to operate as physical events.


In Japan, from December 10 through 13, the French Film Festival, organized by Unifrance took place in Yokohama. The article in Madame Figaro Japon summed up: "Four days of happiness for French cinema in Yokohama."

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Vogue Japon, for its part, highlighted "the latest French short films online and the collaboration between the international short film festival Short Shorts and the French Film Festival in Japan."

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In Israel the Oh Là Là festival, dedicated to French comedy, was held from November 22 through December 22. Primadonna spoke about it presenting "the most successful French comedies."

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In terms of releases, Funan arrived in Japanese movie theaters on Christmas Day. The Japanese press highlighted the director's Franco-Cambodian origins, his studies at the École des Gobelins, and the Grand Prix for a feature film at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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In Taiwan, Pure As Snow arrived on screens at the end of December and was unanimously considered by the local press as "the adult version of the tale of Snow White." The site drew attention to "the magnificently handled erotic scenes."

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In China, City Hunter, released on December 11, was warmly received by the press. guaranteed that it was "full of humor and [had] the full approval of manga fans."

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While Content.mtime hailed "a live adaptation of the original manga that retains the spirit of the original, while remaining exciting and successful."

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Bye Bye Morons released in Russia on the last day of 2020. The daily newspaper Sobesednik talked about "Albert Dupontel's happiness" and analyzed his cinema "of happiness and the grotesque," as well as "the use of humor as a means of communication."

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In Australia, How to be a Good Wife released on Boxing Day and has already accumulated more than 33,000 admissions in the country. In the daily newspaper, Canberra Times, we can read that "Martin Provost has built a film career on screen portraits of strong women" and it described the film "a delicious farce."

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While still in Australia, we'd like to mention the long interview with Dominik Moll published on Filmlink, on the occasion of the recent release of his latest film, Only the Animals.

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Also on Filmlink, we can also read about Spread Your Wings: "the striking visuals (the majestic flight scenes are show-stoppers) and cracking performances. It is feelgood filmmaking that, aside from the occasional turbulence, manages to keep its head above the clouds."

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In the West, cinemas, which remained open in Spain, allowed some French films to be released. This was the case for Perfumes, which Cinemania referred to as "an enveloping film that wants to create scent."

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Also in Spanish movie theaters: Little Vampire, considered by El País "a cheerful and luminous  adventure."

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Author : Ainhoa Jauregui

Latest update : 02 February 2021 à 15:26 CET

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