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Gauls Save Britannia

08/11/2012 from 16:00 to 23:00

Director: Laurent Tirard

Screenwriters: Laurent Tirard, Grégoire Vigneron, based on the comic books Asterix in Britain and Asterix and the Normans by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo

Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Guillaume Gallienne, Vincent Lacoste, Valérie Lermercier, Fabrice Luchini, Catherine Deneuve, Dany Boon
Music: Klaus Badelt
Runtime: 109 mins

 

The new film by Laurent Tirard ("Molière" and "Le Petit Nicolas"), Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia (Astérix and Obélix: Au service de Sa Majesté) opened in France on 17th October with less than 120,000 entries against nearly 450,000 for each of the precedent Asterix films. However, after one week, the film has now achieved over 1.1 million entries. Not bad but this means that Laurent Tirard's film ony takes the 7th place for the first week 2012.

The fourth instalment of the series, adapted from René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s original 1966 comic book Astérix in Britain, will also celebrate the opening of the 20th Edition of The French Film Festival UK, on 8th November.

 

 

 

Synopsis

The year is 50 BC and Caesar would love to count Britannia as part of his empire, but naturally his favourite enemy is there to modify the course of history.  Astérix and Obélix cross the Channel to help Anticlimax and the Queen of the Britons stand strong against the invading Romans. Will the most famous Gaul of all times (Edouard Baer) and his companion (Gérard Depardieu) succeed in helping the queen of England (Catherine Deneuve) against Cesar’s hunger for more conquest?

The adventure film designed for a family audience was partly filmed in Ireland on a budget of £50 million. It was nominated this year at the British Film Festival of Dinard, in Brittany (France). It is an encouraging start for the crew of the film, knowing that the three previous installments of the series featuring the famous Gaul,have already raked in a combined total of 30-plus million local admissions.

The new screen adaptation of a story of the Gauls French mythic, gracefully made by the French director Laurent Tirard (Le Petit Nicolas, 2009),features a stellar cast with Edouard Baer as Astérix, Gérard Depardieu as his rotund sidekick Obélix and Catherine Deneuve playing the Queen of England. 

According to the press release of the film, Richard Mowe, director and co-founder of the French Film festival UK said: "After The Artist and Untouchable French cinema is on roll. The new Astérix will set us off with a high profile bang - and the rest of the programme is as vital and varied as ever."

After its French opening on the 17th of October, Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britanniawill then open the 20th Edition of the French Film Festival UK, at the beginning of November with premieres taking place in four cities around the UK:

Screenings

London Ciné Lumière: Thursday 8 Nov - 20:30

Edinburgh Filmhouse: 3D Friday 9 Nov - 20:30

Glasgow Film Theatre:  3D Saturday 10 Nov - 13:30

Dundee DCA: 3D Sun 11 November - 13:00

 

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For venues, tickets and the program of the French Film Festival UK, visit: http://frenchfilmfestival.org.uk/

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