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Click through on the links to watch the trailers from this week's releases -
Black Heaven - A young French couple in love find a lost mobile phone which leads them to discover a beguiling young women, the sole survivor of a suicide plot. Gaspard, played by Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, becomes obsessed with the statuesque blonde but his infatuation with her takes him into the dangerous world of an avitar game called "Black Hole" and causes irreparable damage between the couple. Gilles Marchand directs.
La Dueda (The Debt) - John Madden, best known for Shakespeare in Love turns his attention to the world of spies in a film of two separate time scales and casts. The first sees three Mossad agents holed up in 1966's Berlin, on the tail of a Nazi-doctor, wanted for torturing Jews. By all accounts this part is a slick, well-executed mature spy film and thankfully takes up the majority of the film. However, the makers have felt the need to bookend it with a move to 1997, where the film falls apart. The Nazi doctor supposedly reappears after the murder and the aging agent has to go back undercover.
Mammuth - Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine have once again made a very French, very odd road movie. This time Gérard Depardieu stars as a hugely portly retired butcher who has to travel around France on his ancient Mammut motorbike collecting papers in order to get his pension. Funny and surreal but oddly gripping.
Noche de Miedo (Fright Night) - Colin Farrell and David Tennant star in this 3D remake of the Eighties classic vampire horror flick. Scripted by Buffy the Vampire Slayer writer Marti Nixon and directed by Craig Gillespie this seems to be a passable undertaking with noted comic performances from both Tennant as the Las Vegas vampire expert and Farrell as the slyly charming vampire next door.
Stella - Autobiographical film, directed and scripted by Sylvie Verheyde, centres on the life of 11-year-old Stella a girl who on being accepted into a posh school immediately feels the outsider. Brought up in the midst of her parents bar/café she is used to a life of misfits that inhabit the establishment well into the night. With the setting beautifully realised through costume, cinematography and an excellent soundtrack, this film won special prizes at the 65th Venice International Film Festival.
Divorcio de la Finlandia - (The House of Branching Love) - Finland in the summer, a tranquil haven that's shattered by one couples bitter fighting. Tuula and Juhani are family counselors whose marriage is on the rocks and the once amicable decision to split turns ugly with the pair trying their hardest to make the other one as miserable and angry as possible.
El Cairo 678 - Three women decide to tackle Egypt's inherent sexual harassment with varying degrees of success. The three leads, from different backgrounds, working-class Fayza (Bushra), upper-class Seba (Nelly Karim), and aspiring stand-up comedian Nelly (Nahed El Sebai) all take very different stands. Seba mentors the other women with Nelly deciding to take out the very first criminal lawsuit whilst Fayza reacting more extremely. She decides to stab men in the groin for openly groping her. An important social issue addressed, well acted and hopefully weighty enough to make the statement it tries to make.