The film premiered in France in November 4, with 390,381 tickets sold in the first week. The director told FNE that he considers Concert to be the first film where he expresses himself with complete freedom.
The French-Romanian-Belgian-Italian coproduction is distributed by Independenţa Film (www.independenta.biz) in Romania, Optimum Releasing (www.optimumreleasing.com) in the UK, Seville Pictures (www.sevillepictures.com) in Canada, BIM Distribuzione (www.bimfilm.com) in Italy, Camera Film in Denmark, Cineart (www.cineart.be) in Belgium, Cinema Mondo (www.cinemamondo.fi) in Finland, Comstock Group (www. comstockgroup.jp) in Japan, With Cinema in South Korea, Festive Films (www.festivefilms.com) in Singapore, Panasia Films Ltd in China, Hong Kong and Macau, Cherry Sky Films Llc in Taiwan, Alliance Lumiere Pvt Ltd in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal and Pakistan. Hopscotch Films (www.hopscotchfilms.com.au) is distributing the film in Australia and New Zealand, Hollywood Classic Entertainment (www.hce.cz) in the Czech and Slovak Republics, CLMC Multimedia SA in Portugal. Filma is the distributor for Turkey, Shani Films/Lev Cinemas for Israel, Budapest Film for Hungary, and Vertigo Films for Spain and Andorra.
The film is a coproduction between Alain Attal &Les Productions du Trésor (www.productionsdutresor.com), Oï Oï Oï Productions (the company of Radu Mihaileanu), Castel Film (www.castelfilm.ro), Panache Productions, Bim Distribuzione (www.bimfilm.com), France 3 Cinéma (www.france3.fr), and Mars Films (www.marsfilms.com). Wild Bunch (www.wildbunch.biz) is operating the international sales.
The film opened in Finland on November 27. It will premiere in Switzerland (by Frenetic Films and Tele-München Fernsehen GmbH &Co) on December 23, Germany (Tele-München Fernsehen GmbH &Co), Denmark (Camera Film), Norway, Sweden (Cinema Mondo) and UK & Ireland on December 31. It will reach the Eastern Europe and the Balkans (except Romania, where it was already released) next year. In Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania the film will be seen from the end of January 2010, being distributed by ACME UAB. In English speaking Africa (except Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone), the film is to be seen from March the 1st 2010, while The Weinstein Company LLC will distribute it in all the American territories in 2010.
The cast brings together Russian, French and Romanian actors: Alexei Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dimitri Nararov, François Berléand, Miou-Miou, Valery Barinov, Vlad Ivanov, Lionel Abelanski, Miou-Miou. Shooting took place in Bucharest, Moscow and Paris from May through August 2008.
Born in Romania, Radu Mihaileanu left the country in 1980, moving to France, and started an internationally acclaimed career with Train de vie and Vas, vis et deviens/ Live and Become.
Les Productions du Trésor
12, rue Barbette 75003 Paris, France Alain Attal Phone : (33). 126.96.36.199.84 Fax : (33). 188.8.131.52.10
Castel Film Studios
25A Emanoil Porumbaru St., Sector 1
2 rue de la Bechee
1380 Lasne, Belgium
57 Via Marianna Dionigi
00193 Rome, Italy
France 3 Cinéma
7, Esplanade Henri de France
75907 Paris, France
66, rue de Miromesnil 75008 Paris, France
Fax : (33).184.108.40.206.04
Director- Radu Mihaileanu
Screenplay- Radu Mihaileanu
Alain-Michel Blanc &Matthew Robbins
From an original story by Hector Cabello Reyes &Thierry Degrandi
DOP - Laurent Dailland
Cast - Alexei Guskov