Mandorla’s national release in France began with a première on September 8 in Lyon, the magical city of secrets, where our production began. Advanced press in Le Progrès, LyonPlus, and even a mention on French TV3's Le Pitch Cinéma and national media, did a lot to help build an audience that held Mandorla over at Lyon’s Cinema Opera and then Le Cinema for FOUR WEEKS!!!
UPDATE Mandorla Paris screening
set for 19 October, 21h:
Espace Municipal Jean Vilar
1, rue Paul Signac 94110 Arcueil
RER B, Gare D'arcueil Cachan
Thanks to the enthusiastic support from our French distributor, Jonathan Musset of Wayna Pitch, we road-tripped from Lyon to Sain-Bel, Paris, Belleville, Macon, Nantes, Brittany, Pornic, Civray, and Zûrich. We saw how deeply Mandorla’s story resonated with audiences, and how vital it is to realize one's dream.
We had some unexpected adventures along the way as well. One was arriving at the tiny train station of Belleville. We were two of the three people who got off the train. Nobody else was around and something did not feel right. Liz called our host who was to meet us and asked where she was?
It became clear that we were in the 'wrong' Belleville. The one we were expected at, Belleville-sur-Sâone, was 300km south. We took the next train back to Nancy, where I rented a car and drove us south like mad.
We pulled up to the cinema just as the end credits started to roll…. We entered as the audience applauded and we all engaged in some lively questions and answers.
Time and again, people we had never met opened their minds and hearts to the film, and their homes to us. We enjoyed conversations long into the night in cinema lobbies and people’s homes.
Jonathan, Frédéric, Sandrine & Vincent, Patrick
Jean-Yves & Fabienne, Vincent & Daphné
Serge & Frédérique
Pascal & Lucinda, Erna, Armelle
ARTHURIAN CENTRE - BROCELIANDE
Nicolas & Bruno
PORNIC & NANTES
Jonathan & Fanny
Christelle, Alain & Christine, Margot or was it Manon?
Pablo, Peter & Muriel, Andreas, Monika
For us, connecting with audiences in this way is absolutely priceless, and is clearly why Mandorla wanted to be made.
And for those of you who have not yet seen Mandorla, a deal is in progress to stream it into homes around the world soon! More on that in the next blog!