If you’re Canadian and you want to talk to Brad Pitt or Kristen Stewart at the Cannes Film Festival, be prepared to pay. Toronto’s Alliance Films has sent out a menu of prices to Canadian journalists for them to pay if they want to participate in junkets in France for Pitt’s Killing Them Softly and Stewart’s On The Road. Alliance is the Canadian distributor for the two movies. The costs, all originally in Euros, are very specific. The price for a TV interview with Pitt is about $3,232. A one-on-one print interview with Stewart would be around $1,293. You can’t actually get a one-on-one print interview with Pitt, as the menu says the actor is only available for paired interviews with other Killing Me Softly actors such as James Gandolfini or Richard Jenkins. A number of prominent Canadian outlets like the Globe And Mail and the National Post have said they will not pay for, nor participate in, the interviews.
“Alliance decided not to partake in the Cannes junkets for Killing Them Softly and On the Road, however we wanted to provide Canadian journalists the opportunity to participate directly if they so choose,” a company spokesperson told Deadline. Alliance says that it will be fully paying for a junket for Canadian journalists when it brings the films and their stars to North America later this year. Alliance also said there will be no fees for interviews with the actors and directors from Antiviral and Laurence Anyways, the two Canadian films the Toronto-based company has debuting in Cannes.
As an insider told Deadline: “Of course it looks bad. But with the company possibly for sale, there’s a lot of pressure to keep as many costs down as possible. A pricey Cannes junket for two American movies that are already coming here later seemed an obvious place to save money.” Alliance Films chair Victor Loewy told Screen International last week that a decision on the sale of the company could come shortly
This isn’t the first time in recent years that journalists have been hit up to pay for junket space at Cannes. In 2007, Harvey Weinstein’s crew tried to get $1,500 apiece out of journalists who wanted to attend the junket for Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino’s contribution to Grindhouse.
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