Hot Cannes Clip: ‘We Are What We Are’

By | Thursday May 16, 2013 @ 12:24pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: This year’s Directors’ Fortnight lineup features a familiar tale in We Are What We Are, the American remake of Jorge Michel Grau’s 2010 Directors’ Fortnight selection Somos Lo Que Hay. Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner star in Mickle’s version as sisters forced to … Read More »

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Cannes: Belgium-Based uMedia Unveils 40% VFX Financing Deal

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 7:25pm PDT

The VFX industry has seen recent mass migrations to tax-friendly locales overseas. Until now Belgium hasn’t been one of those major runaway destinations. But European film company uMedia has unveiled a new financing deal through its … Read More »

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Cannes: Oscilloscope Acquires Dark Comic Thriller ‘Whitewash’

By | Wednesday May 15, 2013 @ 9:07am PDT

Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. rights to Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’ Whitewash, starring Thomas Haden Church. The pic world premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival where it won the Best New Narrative Director Award. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically and across all digital platforms. In the film, Haden Church plays Bruce, a down-on-his-luck and recently unemployed plow operator in a small, snowy Canadian town. When Bruce accidentally kills a man In the midst of an angry rampage with his snowplow, he must deal with the consequences. Whitewash simultaneously explores the internalized guilt and frustration Bruce is harboring, and his external battle with the rugged wintry terrain he is faced with as he attempts to escape his situation. Read More »

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Hot Cannes Trailer: ‘On The Job’

By | Tuesday May 14, 2013 @ 1:42pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The hitman thriller from Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti (Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles) follows prison inmates tapped to work as assassins for corrupt officials and wardens and is inspired by actual events. Pic debuts in the Directors’ Fortnight section at Cannes this week as one of two Southeast … Read More »

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Cannes: Jennifer Garner, Michael Caine Join ‘Imagine’

By | Monday May 13, 2013 @ 9:25am PDT

Jennifer Garner and Michael Caine have been cast alongside Al Pacino, Annette Bening, and Bobby Cannavale in Imagine, about an aging rock star (Pacino) who reconnects with his grown son after opening a … Read More »

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Vertical Entertainment Launches, Will Release 24 Titles Per Year

By | Wednesday May 8, 2013 @ 11:37am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The indie distribution game has a new player in Vertical Entertainment, a new full service content marketing and distribution company looking to shop this month at Cannes. Founders Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin are industry vets … Read More »

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Cannes: Myriad Pictures Acquires ‘Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes’

By | Monday April 29, 2013 @ 5:10pm PDT

Myriad Pictures has acquired international distribution rights to the Jessica Biel-starrer Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes. The film, written and directed by Francesca Gregorini, premiered this year at Sundance. Kaya Scodelario, Alfred Molina, Aneurin Barnard, Jimmi Simpson … Read More »

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CANNES: Michael Haneke’s ‘Amour’ Takes Palme d’Or; ‘Beyond The Hills’ Wins Screenplay, Actress Nods

By | Sunday May 27, 2012 @ 10:28am PDT
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Michael Haneke’s Amour today took the Palme d’Or prize for Best Film at the finale to this year’s Cannes Film Festival. A hugely popular win at today’s ceremony as well as its premiere, the intimate drama about an elderly couple Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Cowgirls N’ Angels,’ ‘The Intouchables,’ ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Oslo, August 31st’

By | Thursday May 24, 2012 @ 2:46pm PDT

This weekend’s specialty openers in the U.S. include a pair of Cannes Film Festival offerings. Just over a week since its world premiere as the fest’s opening-night film, Wes Anderson’s romantic-comedy Moonrise Kingdom will bow Stateside. The film has been an initial success since opening in theaters in France on the heels of its premiere there. Cannes 2011 title Oslo, August 31st also joins the specialty fray, hoping to repeat its success overseas in the U.S., as is The Weinstein Company‘s The Intouchables. That film has become one of the largest box office draws in French history and has taken big sums overall abroad. Also this weekend, Samuel Goldwyn Films will forgo the traditional L.A. and New York approach for its theatrical opening of Cowgirls N’ Angels, opting for playdates in the Midwest and South. Read More »

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Exclusive Cannes Market Trailer: ‘Phantom’

By | Friday May 11, 2012 @ 3:25pm PDT

After the 2011 Cannes Film Festival saw an abundance of movie deals based on sizzle reels and teaser trailers, agencies are returning to the festival looking to make even more deals with partial and completed films. Here’s an exclusive look … Read More »

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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Lineup; Rufus Norris’ ‘Broken’ To Open Sidebar

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 12:04pm PDT

Cannes 2012 Critics WeekRufus Norris’ Broken, starring Cillian Murphy and Un Certain Regard jury president Tim Roth, is opening Cannes‘ Critics’ Week section this year. A closing-night film has not been announced.

Related: Cannes Analysis: U.S. Films Make Their Mark On 2012 Lineup

Celebrating its 51st running, the  sidebar is coming off of a strong 2011 showcase for rising talent. Jeff Nichols’ Take Shelter took the top Critics’ Week prize in 2011, and this year he is in the official competition with Mud. Also in 2011, Australia’s Justin Kurzel was given a special mention for Snowtown, which went on to win six Australian Film Institute prizes, while Valérie Donzelli’s Declaration Of War opened the section and became France’s entry for the foreign-language Oscar. This year’s Critics’ Week runs May 17-25. Here’s the list of contenders:

OPENING FILM
Broken, dir: Rufus Norris (UK)

COMPETITION FILMS
Aquí Y Allá, dir: Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain-US-Mexico)
Au Galop, dir: Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (France)
Les Voisins De Dieu, dir: Meni Yaesh (Israel-France)
Hors Les Murs, dir: David Lambert (Belgium-Canada-France)
Peddlers, dir: Vasan Bala (India)
Los Salvajes, dir: Alejandro Fadel (Argentina)
Sofia’s Last Ambulance, dir: Ilian Metev (Germany-Croatia-Bulgaria)
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Toni Collette & Dev Patel Join ‘Defiant’ Cast

By | Monday April 23, 2012 @ 10:48am PDT

Dev Patel DefiantTony Collette DefiantThe Little Film Company announced today that Toni Collette and Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel have joined … Read More »

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Cannes Re-Ups With Gilles Jacob And Thierry Fremaux

By | Wednesday December 21, 2011 @ 9:49am PST

Longtime Cannes Film Festival president Gilles Jacob and director Thierry Fremaux are staying put after the festival’s board voted to extend their deals by two more years to 2014. Jacob, 81, has spend three decades with the film world’s most … Read More »

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‘Pan Am’ Takes Flight In France As TV Bigwigs Descend On Cannes For MIPCOM

Nellie Andreeva

Thousands of TV executives from around the world are en route to Cannes for the annual MIPCOM market, which starts on Monday. The great majority of them, who are flying into the nearby Nice airport, were greeted by a group of Pan Am stewardesses — a promotion for the new … Read More »

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Cannes Grand Prix Co-Winner ‘Once Upon A Time In Anatolia’ Acquired By Cinema Guild

New York, NY (June 14, 2011) — The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” co-winner of the Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema

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Sundance Selects Buys ‘Declaration Of War’

By | Wednesday May 25, 2011 @ 10:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects acquired U.S. distribution rights to Valerie Donzelli’s Declaration of War from Wild Bunch. The film premiered at Critics Week in Cannes. It follows a couple named Romeo and Juliette, a child names Adam, his illness and their battle. The film stars Donzelli and Jeremie Elkaim, who co-wrote the … Read More »

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Sony Pictures Bearing Down On Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Movie

By | Tuesday May 24, 2011 @ 4:41pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: I’m told that Sony Pictures is negotiating to acquire U.S. distribution rights to the untitled Kathryn Bigelow-directed drama about Navy SEAL Team 6′s hunt for Osama bin Laden. Mark Boal, Bigelow’s partner on the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, is finalizing a script that changes the film from a drama about an unsuccessful attempt to hunt the Al Qaeda leader into a methodical hunt that culminates in his death. The film is being fully financed by Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures. Production will start in the early fall and the pic will be ready for release in 2012.

Deadline pegged the Bigelow-Boal film — formerly titled Killing Bin Laden – as a potentially hot project the night that President Barack Obama interrupted programming to announce that the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center had finally been located and killed. It most certainly has worked out that way. The project was far along at this point, and they were talking to actors like Joel Edgerton even before bin Laden was killed. Sony’s Amy Pascal has been aggressive about the film since that night, and the studio and others heard the pitch from Boal right before buyers headed off to the Cannes Film Festival. Read More »

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In Odd Twist, Iran Slams Cannes Over Von Trier Ban

Mike Fleming

In another Twilight Zone-like twist to Lars von Trier’s bizarre Cannes experience, the Iranian Vice Minister of Culture Javad Shamaqdari sent a letter slamming the festival for “fascist behavior” in declaring the Danish Melancholia director persona non grata after his attempts to be funny in declaring himself a Nazi and saying that he sympathized with Hitler. Von Trier hasn’t had many come to his defense since issuing those dopey comments, but it is odd to get a statement of support from the same government that gave harsh prison sentences and banishment from filmmaking to two of its most important directors, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. Both had new films added to Cannes as a show of solidarity. Of course, von Trier issued another statement, which doesn’t really clear up anything: Read More »

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CANNES: Oscilloscope Acquires ‘We Need To Talk About Kevin’

Mike Fleming

Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American distribution rights to We Need to Talk About Kevin, the Lynne Ramsay-directed pic that was a competition film at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Oscilloscope will release the film in the winter, with an … Read More »

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