Robert Redford may not be eligible for any awards at Cannes this year where his new film, All Is Lost premiered to strong response out of competition on Wednesday night, but if the reaction on the Croisette was any indication, he could be headed for the Oscars. The film, in which Redford is the only actor playing a man stranded at sea when his sailboat springs a huge leak, is a tour de force for the star and it won a 9-minute standing ovation at its debut tonight. Even the return of the rain that has plagued this festival could not put a damper on the mood of the filmmakers, Universal International (releasing overseas) and Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions (releasing domestically on October 18th). It is clearly an awards season play, not only for Redford in a role unlike any he has played but also Oscar nominated writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call) who proves his first film was no fluke and shows a remarkable ability to pull off this one-man show with real filmmaking skill. READ MORE »
After two years in a row of heavily influencing the Oscar race, the 66th Cannes Film Festival lineup may make it three this year. Certainly I see very long and winding Croisette lines to pick up press or market credentials at the Palais, which is adorned with posters of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in a provocative still shot from their fluffy France-set 1963 comedy A New Kind Of Love. One early clue came when the jury was announced, beginning with President Steven Spielberg and including such Oscar winners as Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz. And if it’s not enough to have those icons prominent at this year’s fest, add The Great Gatsby‘s Baz Lurhmann whose film is the opening night event with a gala after-party, and Martin Scorsese who will also be in town for a yacht party announcement of his longtime gestating directorial effort Silence on May 16th. Certainly many of the Cannes contenders both in and out of competition are from Academy Award winners and Cannes veterans back with intriguing films that make up a high profile and potent selection with advance buzz. Competing are the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski and Alexander Payne plus a slew of famous names in front of the cameras both on screen and on the Red Carpet this year.
As for the competition and key sidebars, one perennial Cannes question os whether it’s a good idea to ready or even rush a film designed for year-end release in order to play at the Festival in May. Particularly of that means risking negative reviews which can be a real buzz killer. Take, for instance, Payne’s last minute entry Nebraska from Paramount, which almost didn’t appear here. In the initial forecast Deadline posted on March 13, we thought Payne’s film fit in with the auteurist nature of the fest, it’s in black and white, and its filmmaker is quite a favorite in Cannes. (He has had only one film previously in competition – 2002′s About Schmidt – and won no prize, but he not only headed the jury for Un Certain Regard in 2005 but also was a member of the main competition jury last year.) Yet shortly after this prediction I was told Cannes wasn’t in the cards due to Payne’s fondness for long post-production time. He didn’t want to be rushed. Then the studio saw the film about a week before the Cannes deadline and execs urged Payne to put it into the festival. He took Nebraska to Paris to show to Cannes programming honcho Thierry Fremaux with just two days to go before the press conference announcing the 2013 lineup. Now it is one of the most anticipated screenings even though it ooccurs towards the end of the Festival on May 23. Paramount claims it recently had a successful research screening in Pasadena and has dated the film for November 22nd, right in the heart of Oscar season (Payne is a two-time Screenwriting Oscar winner for Sideways and The Descendants).
Conversely there was absolutely no doubt Joel and Ethan Coen would be bringing their latest, the 1960′s-set Greenwich Village folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis screening on May 19. It is their 8th time around this particular block so they are virtually Cannes regulars. CBS Films won’t release the movie stateside until December 6, another prime Oscar date.
Roman Polanski’s Venus In Fur screening on May 25 on the last day of competition is the adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway play. It brings Polanski back to Cannes for the first time since winning his only Palme d’Or (for 2003′s The Pianist, which resulted in a Best Director Oscar). It stars his wife Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Almarac and though audiences and critics weren’t too impressed with the last Polanski Broadway play adaptation God Of Carnage, this dramatic work could be more up his alley. There’s also strong interest in French director Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian screening May 18 largely due to lead actor Benecio Del Toro’s role as a Blackfoot Indian WWII vet. (But someone’s gotta change that lumbering title.) Cannes watchers also are buzzing about new works from three directors who are no strangers on the Croisette: Nicolas Winding Refn who won Best Director in Cannes for 2011′s Drive and has re-teamed with star Ryan Gosling as a drug smuggler in the May 22nd entry Only God Forgives. (I am told Kristin Scott Thomas steals this one as his mother). And though his films don’t make much noise in theatres, James Gray is a Cannes favorite and back with his fourth competition entry, The Immigrant (formerly called Lowlife) screening May 24th with a starry cast of Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. Jim Jarmusch brings his new Vampire story Only Lovers Left Alive which stars the always intriguing Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska . It has the distinction of being the last film to make the list and the last competition film to be screened: in the 10 PM slot on May 25th.
As always with Cannes there is just too damn much to see with many sidebar competitions like Un Certain Regard, Director’s Fortnight, Critics Week, Cannes Classics and so on. Certainly the opener for Un Certain Regard, Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Ryan Coogler’s Sundance sensation Fruitvale Station (summer releases stateside) are both screening on the sidebar’s first day of May 16th and are instant must-sees in addition to James Franco’s directorial outing, As I Lay Dying, on May 20th.
EXCLUSIVE: Following in the footsteps of Beasts Of The Southern Wild or Fruitvale Station, the 13 projects selected today for this June’s Sundance Institute Directors and Screenwriters Labs could end up as Oscar nominees or at Cannes too. The projects’ origins range from the U.S. and the U.K. to Mexico, Peru, Germany and Somalia with the filmmakers’ backgrounds in photography, advertising and documentary not to mention a couple of past BAFTA and Sundance winners. This round of Sundance fellows will work with established filmmakers such as Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow, On The Road director Walter Salles, author/screenwriter Walter Mosley, Oscar nominee Ed Harris and Sundance founder Robert Redford. The Directors Lab runs from May 27 to June 20 at the Sundance Resort in Utah while the Screenwriters Lab goes from June 22 to June 27. (see the full list of the June 2013 Sundance Institute’s Directors and Screenwriters Labs below)
Discovery Channel said today that the All The President’s Men documentary from Robert Redford’s Sundance Productions and Partisan Pictures will premiere April 21 at 8 PM. First publicized last April when Redford opened his new company with producing partner Laura Michalchyshyn, the Peter Schnall-directed and -produced All The President’s Men Revisited examines the wide-ranging Watergate scandal that crippled and killed Richard Nixon’s presidency. Andrew Lack, Michalchyshyn and Redford are executive producers. Nancy Daniels and Denise Contis are executive producers for Discovery.
The second Sundance London film and music festival runs April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena where it will showcase U.S. indie films that orignally appeared in Park City earlier this year. For its sophomore outing, the fest has also added a new UK spotlight for British films from Sundance. Speakers at panel discussions will include composer David Arnold (Casino Royale, Sherlock); writers Tony Grisoni (Death Defying Acts) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); directors Lynn Shelton (Humpday) and Lake Bell (In A World…) and classic rock band the Eagles for a Q&A following the screening of Alison Ellwood’s documentary History Of The Eagles, Part One. Sundance founder Robert Redford will also be on hand. Click over for the list of films on the program:
Robert Redford introduced this movie at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. In addition to directing Redford plays a former member of the Weather Underground who goes on the run when a reporter (Shia LeBeouf) discovers his identity. The impressive cast includes Julie Christie, Susan Sarandon, Terrence Howard, …
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Robert Redford opened the 2013 edition of his Sundance Film Festival this afternoon with “change” on his mind after he told the Associated Press earlier in the day he’s “not certain” these days about his role in the indie film world, adding that he is “overwhelmed now by his duties as Sundance’s head of state” 34 years after he founded the festival. During his annual start-of-fest press conference in Park City, he addressed those comments only slightly. “I think change can be divided into three sections,” he said. “Since it’s inevitable, some people fight it and resist it because they’re afraid of it. Other people accept it and roll along with it.… Others see it in a positive way”.
Redford was less subtle in firing back at Utah-based right-wing group the Sutherland Institute, which this week called for the state to cut ties with the “obscene” festival, which has a reputation for its liberal leanings and is nestled in the mountains of a conservative state. “$80 million comes to the local economy in 10 days – pretty good”, Redford said. “They should maybe look at the Constitution.”
He touched on other topics including gun violence in entertainment, a day after President Obama outlined new gun control initiatives following the Newtown school shooting. “Does my industry think guns sell movies?” Redford mused, adding, “I think it’s worth asking that question”. He also flatly denied recent reports that a Sundance outpost in Brooklyn is in the works.
EXCLUSIVE: “It was time to make a change,” an insider tells me about Robert Redford‘s decision to leave CAA for WME. Redford had spent 32 years as a client of Creative Artists Agency, originally signed by Michael Ovitz in 1980 away from the William Morris Agency. Now Redford is returning not to WMA but to WME (William Morris Endeavor). Which shows how everything in the Hollywood agency business often comes full circle. It was with CAA that the actor segued into a director and producer and entrepreneur and independent film icon through his Sundance Film Festival and Sundance Institute. Redford, who is 76, unveiled his latest directing effort at this year’s Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival — the all-star drama The Company You Keep which Redford stars in and directed. Sony Pictures Classics will release it in the Spring of next year. (“It is so great to see Redford back doing this kind of role again,” Sony Pictures Classics co-President Michael Barker told Deadline’s Pete Hammond at the time.) Redford stars as a successful family man whose violent past as a member of the radical 1960s Weather Underground is exposed by a young news reporter played by Shia LaBeouf. At Toronto, Redford took a bow during enthusiastic applause for the film. It’s the kind of material Redford, who won an Oscar for helming 1980′s Ordinary People, knows how to do very well. As an actor, Redford just wrapped a one-man tour de force in the drama All Is Lost written and directed by JC Chandor (Margin Call).
Sundance Channel Developing Dramas Produced By Robert Redford, Sarah Condon, Steve Buscemi, Ira Glass & Bob Cooper
Sundance Channel has unveiled its 2013-2014 original scripted development slate, which includes five drama projects: Valentines from producer Robert Redford and writer Olaf Olafsson, Behind The Sun from producers Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci and writer Dylan Gary, The Descendants (no relation to the 2011 movie) from producer Sarah Condon and writer Aaron Guzikowski, T from producer Ira Glass and writers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, and Death In The Modern Age from producers Bob Cooper, JJ Jamieson and Michael Fuchs and writers Josh Shaffer & Eli Kooris.
Sundance Channel’s first wholly owned scripted drama, Rectify, is slated to premiere next year. The channel’s scripted efforts to date have been in the limited series/mini-series area through co-productions and acquisitions. They include miniseries Carlos, Appropriate Adult and the upcoming Restless. Here are details about the projects on Sundance’s drama development slate:
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival ran in April this year, hosting the UK and European premieres of movies that debuted in Park City in January, along with musical performances by 17 acts. Today, Robert Redford, the Sundance Institute and AEG Europe announced they’ve renewed the event for two more years. The 2013 Sundance London Festival will be held from April 25-28 at London’s O2 Arena. The program, which will again feature new work by American filmmakers and music artists, will be drawn up by the Sundance Institute. A series of panels and workshops is also being planned as a forum
They famously co-starred as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in the 1976 classic All The President’s Men. And Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival they were together again – sort of. In an odd coincidence, both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman unveiled their latest directing efforts in back to back North American premieres. At 10 PM in another theatre nearby, Redford with little fanfare and no other cast members present presided over the North American premiere of his new all-star drama The Company You Keep which Sony Pictures Classics will release next year. While Hoffman hosted the world premiere of the senior comedy Quartet and then conducted with the cast a post-screening Q&A filled with laughs and behind-the-scenes intel.
Quartet about a retirement home for opera stars features Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins and Billy Connolly as seniors who refuse to go gently into that good night. They were all in Toronto for the debut at the Elgin Theatre, and the crowd-pleasing film will be released by The Weinstein Company in December in time to qualify for Oscars.
The inaugural Sundance London Film and Music Festival kicks off tonight with a sit-down between Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett at the capital city’s O2 arena. Nick Hornby is due to interview the pair onstage about matching music to image. Redford held a press conference this morning in London where he commented on Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent comments that support funds should go to films that are “commercially successful.” Redford called the view “very narrow” adding it doesn’t address the broad category of filmmakers and artists in the business. This is the first time the Sundance Festival has traveled outside the US. Redford said it was a chance to bring new artists and voices to the UK outside of the normal Hollywood fare. On Saturday, the world premiere screening of Harmony: A New Way Of Looking At Our World will be held. The film, from Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Sender, is about Prince Charles’ work to address the global environmental and economic crisis. Films that make up the bulk
New York, NY – April 23, 2012– Sundance Channel announced today that Creative Director Robert Redford will appear on Sundance Channel to introduce some of the most distinguished independent films of recent years. Airing every Saturday night beginning April 28th, Redford will introduce each film and offer a personal critique. Some of the films being screened include: The Crucible, Wendy & Lucy, Blue Velvet, The Deep End and The Imperialists Are Still Alive.
The elusive Robert Redford is getting busy on a number of fronts. Deadline revealed last year that Redford would star in All Is Lost, a man against the elements drama that will be directed by Margin Call’s J.C. Chandor. …