Cannes: Abbas Kiarostami To Head Cinéfondation & Short Films Jury

By | Thursday March 6, 2014 @ 4:12am PST

abbas kiarostamiIt’s that time of year, when Cannes Film Festival-related announcements will start coming fast and furious. We already know that Jane Campion is presiding over the main competition jury and that Nicole Kidman-starrer Grace Read More »

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Cannes Film Festival: 2014 Prize Ceremony Moved To May 24

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 7:13am PST

Cannes_logoblueThe suspense for Cannes Film Festival awards contenders later this year will be slightly shorter. The fest is tweaking the timing of its prize ceremony, moving the event up by a day to Saturday May 24. The org said … Read More »

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‘Grace Of Monaco’ To Open Cannes Film Festival In World Premiere

cannes film festivalOlivier Dahan’s Grace Of Monaco starring Nicole Kidman will kick off the Cannes Film Festival on May 14, out of competition. There was some confusion yesterday when The Weinstein Co moved … Read More »

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Cannes: Former Canal Plus Chief Pierre Lescure Will Be Festival’s Next President

Pierre Lescure publie son autobiographie chez Grasset Crédit : Bertini/GrassetPierre Lescure is back. After weeks of speculation, the former Canal Plus chief has been officially named to succeed Gilles Jacob as president of the Cannes Read More »

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Band Killings Are Tragic Denouement For Cannes Prize Winner ‘No One Knows About Persian Cats’

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 4:30am PST

Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi’s No One Knows About Persian Cats was the opening night film of the Cannes Un Certain Regard sidebar in 2009. A hot title at the time, it was plagued with political controversy when Ghobadi’s … Read More »

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Lebanon Bans Gay-Themed Cannes, Toronto & NYFF Title ‘Stranger By The Lake’

Stranger By The Lake won Alain Guiraudie a best director trophy in Cannes‘ Un Certain Regard section in May. In June, the French film met with controversy when its posters were pulled in two Paris … Read More »

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DreamWorks To Redo Japanese Cannes Entry ‘Like Father, Like Son’

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Deadline revealed exclusively in August that DreamWorks will remake the Japanese film Japanese film Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru), and for some reason the trades are trumpeting it as a story a month later … Read More »

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Mexico Submits Cannes Winner ‘Heli’ For Foreign Language Oscar

By | Wednesday September 18, 2013 @ 2:36pm PDT

Amat Escalante won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director prize this year for Heli, a stark look at the effects of crime and corruption in Mexico. The country has now submitted it for the Outstanding Foreign Language … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: Dominique Lavant Set For ‘Le Petit Nicolas’ Sequel, JK Rowling Prevails In ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ Case, Heightened Police Presence In Cannes

Dominique Lavanant Takes Over Role Following Lafont Death
Dominique Lavanant has replaced the late Bernadette Lafont in Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas, Laurent Tirard’s sequel to his 2009 French hit comedy Le Petit Nicolas. Lafont, a veteran of some 120 films, passed away last week. She was to have played the grandmother of the titular tyke. Lavanant, Le Parisien reports, is taking over the role for the film which is currently shooting. Lavanant and Lafont previously starred together in Paulette in 2012. Lavanant is also known for her role in Patrice Leconte’s classic comedy franchise Les Bronzés, Jean-Marie Poiré’s 1983 comedy Papy Fait De La Resistance and for Agent Trouble, which won her a César in 1998. Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas releases in France in July next year. Read More »

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Sony Classics Acquires Cannes Docu ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’

By | Thursday July 11, 2013 @ 8:03am PDT

NEW YORK (July 11, 2013) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to Frank Pavich’s documentary JODOROWSKY’S DUNE. Executive produced by Donald Rosenfeld and produced by Pavich, Stephen Scarlata, and Travis Stevens,

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‘Winnie Mandela’ Biopic Starring Jennifer Hudson Gets Late-Summer Release Date

Image Entertainment acquired the film at Cannes and will open it in theaters Sept. 6. Winnie Mandela stars Jennifer Hudson as the longtime wife of South African activist-turned-President Nelson Mandela (Terrence Howard) who fights … Read More »

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Film Movement Acquires Cannes Competition Title ‘Grigris’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 1:29pm PDT

The fifth feature film from director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Grigris won the Vulcan Award for technical achievement in May at the Cannes Film Festival. The film tells the story of a 25-year-old Chadian who dreams of being a professional … Read More »

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Showbiz In France: Sex, Violence, Drugs & Ratings; No Oscar For ‘Blue’; TV Film Ads?

This is the first in a planned series of reports on the people, projects and polemics that have folks buzzing in various overseas territories.

Each year following the Cannes Film Festival the French film industry falls into semi-hibernation as execs recover from months of build-up, the box office gives way to Hollywood tentpoles and attention turns to tennis and weeks-long vacations. Some years, it seems like the industry doesn’t even really wake up again until the fall festivals hit. But in this past month since Cannes ended, there’s been quite a bit keeping the industry buzzing. Among the issues are what France’s Oscar entry will be, vagaries at the local ratings board, a renewed push to allow film advertising on television and the fight to preserve the Cultural Exception. France led the charge on the latter, winning in its bid on June 14 to keep the audiovisual business out of a negotiation mandate for trade talks between the U.S. and Europe. This was a fight that got a lot of traction in Cannes with even Harvey Weinstein and Steven Spielberg coming out in favor of the Cultural Exception as a means to maintain the diversity of European cinema.

Meanwhile, the jury that Spielberg chaired in Cannes gave its top honor to a coming-of-age love story between two women, Blue Is The Warmest Color. Many people have posited that Blue will be France’s Oscar entry this year, but I’m told that it will not. It’s generally accepted that films that win the Palme d’Or end up representing their country — the last time a French film won, The Class, it indeed was the submission.

Despite the difficulties of trying to woo some Academy voters with a lesbian love story with explicit sex scenes like Blue, the main reason I’m told it won’t make the cut is because French distributor, Wild Bunch, is not releasing it in time. The Oscar rep selection committee at French film body the CNC requires that a film go out nationally in France before September 30 and Wild Bunch has set an October release. Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval calls the rule “stupid” but tells me they believe October is best for the picture. It’s my understanding that Sundance Selects will release Blue unrated later this year in the U.S. Blue is expected to get a French rating that bars only kids under 12 because, Maraval says, “There are only positive values and love in the film, no violence or drugs.” When I asked him if he thought drugs were regarded more damaging than sex by the ratings board at the CNC, he said “Well, I hope sex is less serious than drugs, no?” Read More »

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Cannes: Jail Term For Man Who Disrupted Canal Plus TV Show With Fake Gunshots

Nary a day went by at last month’s Cannes Film Festival without some sort of non-movie-related scandal erupting on the Croisette. Thieves who made off with millions in jewelry have yet to be apprehended, but a man now … Read More »

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Quentin Tarantino To Receive Career Honor At France’s Lumière Film Festival

Cannes Film Fest chief Thierry Frémaux launched the Lumière Festival in his native Lyon, France five years ago with Lumière Institute president Bertrand Tavernier. The event, which is also open to the public, is a classic movie-lover’s dream with a vast lineup of retrospectives and restored vintage titles all screening in the birthplace of cinema. In a nod to Frémaux’s deep relationshps within the industry, the fest attracts big name talent each October. Following in the footsteps of previous recipients like Clint Eastwood and Milos Forman, Quentin Tarantino is being given the Prix Lumière this year. The fest said the honor is for his body of work, his love of cinema, “the tributes he pays inside his own films to the entire mythology of the 7th art” and for “the way he’s always saying ‘Vive le cinéma!’” Read More »

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Poster For Gay-Themed Cannes Pic ‘Stranger By The Lake’ Pulled In Paris Suburbs

Alain Guiraudie was named best director in the Un Certain Regard sidebar at last month’s Cannes Film Festival for his roundly-lauded thriller L’Inconnu Du Lac (Stranger By The Lake). During the festival, the sexually explicit gay-themed tale of summer love and murder was picked up by Strand Releasing for a U.S. release later this year. But on the eve of its release in France, where expressions of sexuality are de rigueur and where gay marriage was recently legalized, the film’s advertising (left) proved too much for some. In the Parisian suburbs of Versailles and Saint-Cloud, a series of promotional posters was pulled at the request of the individual town halls, ad agency JC Decaux told AFP. The mayor’s office in Saint-Cloud said it had been “harassed” by phone calls and emails about the poster since it went up last week. Versailles says it did not contact JC Decaux, but a rep told French media it was understandable that the image “could shock people who find themselves disarmed by posters in the street that address sexuality.”

Related: Hammond On Cannes: Spielberg And Jury Award France’s Sizzling, Sexy And First Gay Palme d’Or Winner; Is Oscar Next?

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UTA Signs German Helmer Katrin Gebbe Out Of Cannes

By | Tuesday June 11, 2013 @ 3:55pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: UTA has signed German writer-director Katrin Gebbe. Her directorial debut Nothing Bad Can Happen (Tore Tanzt) made its world premiere in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes and the film was a runner-up for … Read More »

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Arclight Sells ‘Mystery Road’ Rights To Well Go USA

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 8:48am PDT
Mike Fleming

Arclight Films sold US distribution rights to new the feature thriller Mystery Road to Well Go USA. Gary Hamilton, Executive Producer of Mystery Road, said that the deal, which he described as ‘significant’ was negotiated at Cannes. Ivan Sen’s new feature film, Mystery Road stars Aaron … Read More »

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Sundance Selects Acquires Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’

Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects grabbed U.S. rights to the Roman Polanski-directed Venus In Fur. Polanski and David Ives wrote it based on the Tony-winning stage play by Ives. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star and Robert Benmussa and Alain … Read More »

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