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StudioCanal has three films in the festival. Showing this Sunday in Competition is La Princesse de Montpensier (The Princess of Montpensier) by Bertrand Tavernier.
On Friday May 21, Hors La Loi (Above the Law) by Rachid Bouchareb will screen in Competition.
Showing Out of Competition is Carlos by Olivier Assayas.
Hors La Loi (Above the Law) is reawakening unresolved issues regarding France during the Algerian war. Although it competes in Cannes under the flag of Algeria, Above the Law (Hors la loi) by Rachid Bouchareb is mainly a French coproduction which angers the conservatives of France. 650,000 euros or 59% of the budget was paid for by the French box office receipt fund CNC. The rest of the funding is 21% from Algeria, 10% from Tunisia and 10% from Belgium. The film is also supported by the subsidiaries of France 2 Cinema, France 3 and StudioCanal.
The controversy regards the origin of the Setif massacres of May 8, 1945 . The French army, through his service history, has found numerous “errors” and “anachronism” in the scenario.
The controversy concerns in particular the trigger for the massacres . Bouchareb shows how the French army massacred the first nationalist insurgents of the Algerian people. Lionnel Luca disagrees: “The first day of the massacre of May 8 was suffered by the Europeans who were lynched by a mob that was armed, not with bare hands!”. According to LePointe, the controversy will only benefit the film’s theatrical release scheduled for September 22.”>UMP deputy Lionnel Luca denounced the film as anti-French. According to the conservative MP, Above the Law is likely to inflame relations between French youth of North African origin with the rest of the population, given its clear impact at the box office. A local politician in Cannes, Andre Mayet has issued a call to ban the film and has called for the occupation of the Palais steps.
The controversy concerns in particular the trigger for the massacres . Bouchareb shows how the French army massacred the first nationalist insurgents of the Algerian people. Lionnel Luca disagrees: “The first day of the massacre of May 8 was suffered by the Europeans who were lynched by a mob that was armed, not with bare hands!”. According to LePointe, the controversy will only benefit the film’s theatrical release scheduled for September 22.
Above the Law will be presented in Cannes on May 21 That day, a memorial to all the victims of the war in Algeria will be held at the Festival de Cannes.
Studio Canal Image S.A. (aka Le Studio Canal+, Canal Plus, Canal + Distribution, Canal + Production, and Canal+ Image) is part of the Canal+ Group, owned by Vivendi SA. A European leader in co-production, acquisition, distribution and world sales of motion pictures, StudioCanal owns one of the most comprehensive film libraries in Europe with more than 5,000 French, UK and US movies.
The company was founded in 1988 by Pierre Lescure as a spin-off of the Canal+ pay-TV network. The original function was to focus on French and European productions, but later made strategic deals with American production companies. StudioCanal’s most notable productions from its early years include Terminator 2: Judgment Day, JFK, Basic Instinct, Cliffhanger, Under Siege, Free Willy, and the original Stargate movie.
Other films the company financed include U-571, Bully, and Bridget Jones’s Diary. StudioCanal also funded the last third of David Lynch’s film Mulholland Drive. StudioCanal also financed French-language films, such as Brotherhood of the Wolf (which became the second-highest-grossing French-language film in the United States in the last two decades) and Intimate Strangers (which is being remade by Hollywood-based Paramount Pictures).
StudioCanal acquired film libraries from studios that either went defunct or had merged with Studio Canal over the years. As a result, the company’s library is the third largest in the world. Studio Canal’s library includes the film libraries of Carolco Pictures (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Basic Instinct, etc.), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group (King Kong Lives, Tai-Pan, international rights to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, etc.), Embassy Pictures (The Graduate, The Producers, etc.), the Alexander Salkind pictures not owned by Warner Bros. (including Santa Claus: The Movie), the EMI Films library (Highlander, Death on the Nile, etc., but not including US rights to certain co-productions—US rights to such films as Close Encounters of the Third Kind [whose worldwide rights are with Sony Pictures] and The Deer Hunter are owned by other major studios, usually the original releasing studio) and the Lumiere Pictures and Television output (including The Third Man and The Avengers).
Studio Canal acquired UK-based distributor Optimum Releasing in 2006. In Germany, its films are released through Kinowelt. Some US distributors of its product include Anchor Bay Entertainment, LionsGate Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Universal Pictures.