With just two days to go before the start of the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, the official sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard, has announced its jury. Joining previously announced jury head Tim Roth on the panel that will pick winners from among 20 films are actress Leïla Bekhti, director/producer Tonie Marshall, Argentinian film critic Luciano Monteagudo and Head of Cinemas at Centre Pompidou in Paris Sylvie Pras. Un Certain Regard opens Thursday with Mystery from Chinese director Lou Ye, and closes with Renoir by French director Gilles Bourdos.
London-based uMedia’s just-formed sales and finance arm uConnect has acquired international rights to Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, the first deal concluded by new head Peter Rogers. Geoffrey Rush stars with Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks. Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone provided the soundtrack. The Best Offer is currently shooting in Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic and is being produced by Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia of Paco Cinematografica in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment Italy, which will distribute the Film in Italy, Germany and Austria.
Arclight Films announced today it has taken on international sales of time travelling sci-fi action thriller Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke. Brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, who work as the Spierig Brothers, wrote and will direct the film. It is based on a Robert A. Heinlein story “All You Zombies,” but the brothers say this one won’t be a zombie movie.
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