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L'Auberge Espagnole (Pot Luck) - Preview

Preview by: Jack Foley

FRENCH actress, Audrey Tautou, has, thus far, displayed an uncanny knack for picking quality projects.

After delicious turns in the likes of audience favourites, Amelie and Dirty Pretty Things, she will next appear in the comedy, L’Auberge Espagnole - which looks set to continue the trend.

Directed by Cédric Klapish, the man behind Peut-être and Chacun Cherche Son Chat, the film (also known as The Spanish Apartment), takes a comical look at what happens when a young Frenchman, Xavier (played by Romain Duiris), moves into an apartment full of international students in Barcelona.

There he meets an Italian, an English girl, a boy from Denmark, a young woman from Belgium, a German and a girl from Andalusia, who join him in a series of adventures that serve as an initiation in life.

The film is due to be released in America this summer, and will be distributed by Fox Searchlight after it performed to great acclaim at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Upon release in its native France, it proved one of the top three domestic hits of 2002, and earned the Audience Award for Best Picture (2002 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival); the Best Screenplay, and Best Female Newcomer (De France) (2003, Lumiere Awards); and the Best Female Newcomer (De France) (2003 Cesar Awards).Production of this movie took place in Paris and Barcelona during 2001, and director, Klapish, opted to shoot it using high-definition digital video.

According to one European reviewer, Klapish’s film sets out to show how important it is to meet people, to be hopeful and optimistic, while comments on the French version of Amazon are full of praise from film-goers who found the film to be inspiring, well-directed and supremely well acted.

Both Duiris and Tautou have been singled out for praise, but it is Cécile de France who seems to be winning most of the critics’ kudos, having won the French Cesar as most promising actress for her performance.

In fact, such is the impact she has made as a result of the film, that de France will next be seen alongside the likes of Jackie Chan and Steve Coogan in the upcoming blockbuster, Around The World in 80 Days, which is due to begin shooting soon.

L'Auberge Espagnole, which will be known as Pot Luck in the UK, is due to be released on May 9.

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