Two weeks ago Icarus Films announced that the true-life serial killer shocker from France’s Distrib Films, Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart, would be making its domestic DVD debut on Aug. 14. It’s a stunning film that should not be missed.
This week, Icarus Films is teaming once again with Distrib Films for the domestic DVD debut of director Lucas Belvaux’s “torn from the headlines” political thriller, This is Our Land. The street date assigned is Sept. 4.
A quick two-screen theatrical release — DVD to the rescue for those who couldn’t be in either Los Angeles or New York City — yields an ARR of 137 days and arthouse ticket receipts of $11,567.
This fictionalized drama focuses on the world of current French politics, which are always testy, but with the rise Marine Le Pen and the FN — which saw her go head to head against Emmanuel Macron last year for the presidency of France — it was only natural that films would emerge on the subject.
We are introduced to Pauline Duhez (Émilie Dequenne — Our Children, Rosetta, Brotherhood of the Wolf, etc.), a nurse in rural France, who becomes an unlikely candidate for the mayor of her town when she is recruited by a far-right political operative to try her hand at politics.
She soon finds herself cut off from the community — she more or less represents French society as a whole, some of whom see their country “invaded” by refuges (and terrorists), while others fret that the dream of a united Europe is quickly slipping away. In the end, her entry into politics becomes personally overwhelming.
This is Our Land is presented in French with English subtitles.