Geoffrey Enthoven’s The Over the Hill Band in which three female septuagenarians set up an R&B band is selected to be part of the LA Week of French Language Cinema (19 – 24 March).

the over the hill bandDirected by Geoffrey Enthoven from a script by Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem (Moscow, Belgium) and Chris Craps (Crusade in Jeans), the story follows Claire (Marilou Mermans), a 70-year-old woman coping with the onset of senility in the wake of her husband's death. While her supportive married son Michel (Lucas van den Eijnde) manages Claire's bank account and her increasing medical needs, his thuggish brother Sid (Jan Van Looveren), the black sheep of the family, buries himself in alcoholism and a failed music career.

The Over The Hill Band
was produced by Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude Van Rijckeghem of A Private View, the producers of the 2008 Cannes Critics' Week selected Moscow, Belgium. Pascal Garnier and Stef Caers wrote swinging R&B versions of some classic pop tunes for the film. Enthoven's new film, Come As You Are, is becoming more and more of an international sales success. The feature was recently sold to distributors in Canada, Germany, Spain, Brazil, HBO Europe and even Iran, setting the counter to 23 territories already.

At the French Film Week, six French speaking films presented by the embassies of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and Quebec Government Office, are screened in Los Angeles, in partnership with le Lycée Français de Los Angeles, Théâtre Raymond Kabbaz, and TV5 Monde. All films will be shown in the original version with English subtitles.

Published on Thursday 8 March 2012

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