Posted at 4:14 PM on March 10, 2009
by Euan Kerr
Director Christophe Barratier and actor Nora Arnezeder (above) dropped by the MPR studios today to talk about "Paris 36," their new drama about a theater on the skids during the Great Depression. The film was actually called "Faubourg 36" in France, but the name changed for English-speaking audiences because Barratier says there is no easy translation for Faubourg.
In Germany it's even more different because the distributor there wanted to refer back to his earlier film "Les Choristes" which became "The Children of M Mathieu", so "Faubourg 35" became "Monsieur Pigoil on the way to joy."
No matter what, the film's combination of song, drama and stories of love in the wings, has done well all over. Arnezeder, who was plucked from obscurity to play a young woman who comes to Paris to try to break into showbusiness says the film resonates because it is a universal tale.
Some 300 people turned out for a screening of the film in Minneapolis last night. The film will open here in April.
But before that we have this weekend, and the eternal question: what are you going to see this weekend?