Oscars: Cannes Winners ‘Winter Sleep’, ‘White God’ To Rep Turkey, Hungary In Foreign Language Race
UPDATE WEDNESDAY AM: It's that time of year again, when committees gather in overseas countries to determine what their Foreign Language Oscar entry will be. Earlier today, Turkey's decision was revealed (see below) and now another film that won prizes in Cannes has been selected from Hungary. Kornél Mundruczó's White God, a buzzed about cautionary tale that features a gang of stray dogs who seize an opportunity to escape from a pound and revolt against mankind, will do… Read
Saban Films Continues Ramp-Up With Exec Hires
Saban Films launched just before Cannes in May and made a statement by acquiring Tommy Lee Jones' Competition title The Homsesman, which it will release in the U.S. via Roadside Attractions. It was the first glitzy step in a plan to release 8-10 commercial, talent-driven features per year via a distribution partner. Now it has more help under the division's president Bill Bromiley: Jonathan Saba has been tapped as VP Marketing and Azniv Taschyan as VP Finance.
Saba most… Read
Roadside Attractions Acquires Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Winner ‘Mommy’
Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Xavier Dolan's Cannes pic Mommy. The plan is to release it in first-quarter 2015. Dolan's fifth film centers on an explosive 15-year-old boy with ADHD and his widowed single mom. But when Kyla, a new girl across the street, enters their lives, things change. Anne Dorval, Antoine Olivier Pilon and Suzanne Clément star.
Dolan, a Canadian, moved up to the Cannes Competition lineup for the first time with Mommy after winning… Read
James Garner: An Appreciation Of A Great Acting Legend Who Never Looked Like He Was Acting
James Garner just made it all look too easy.
That's the only explanation I can give for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences failing to vote him an Honorary Oscar over these last few years of Governors Awards. More than once I wrote a column of “suggestions” including those egregiously overlooked artists deserving of the industry's top award, and always near the top was my annual reminder of Garner. But I guess it is just too late now. Garner, who died… Read
Drafthouse Films Acquires Cannes Critics’ Week Winner ‘The Tribe’
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy's The Tribe is set at a Ukrainian boarding school for the deaf, and its depiction of disenchanted youth features a cast of non-professional, deaf actors. The pic's narrative unfolds purely through sign language without subtitles, music or voice-over. It won three honors this year in the Cannes sidebar. Drafthouse Films plans a theatrical and digital rollout sometime in 2015.
In the pic, a boy enters a specialized boarding school for the deaf. Alone… Read
Kino Lorber Acquires Jean-Luc Godard’s Cannes Winner ‘Goodbye To Language’
French New Wave icon Jean-Luc Godard's 3D Goodbye To Language shared the jury prize this year at Cannes — it was his first win ever at Cannes. Now the experimental pic is getting a U.S. release beginning in October after Kino Lorber acquired all North American rights. It will open first at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center in NYC late in the month, followed by a national theatrical rollout on 3D screens; a VOD and 3D Blu-ray release is planned for… Read
Roger Ebert’s Final Hollywood Premiere: Can A Movie About A Movie CRITIC Be Oscar Bound?
Before the screening began at last night's Hollywood premiere of director Steve James' Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself, Ebert's remarkable wife Chaz shared something with the packed crowd of industry notables that her late husband told her as they were embarking on the shooting of the film. “Roger said, 'Make sure Steve doesn't make a movie I don't want to see',” she laughed. Mission accomplished, but in a cruel stroke of irony for the world's most famous film critic… Read
Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Winter Sleep’ Acquired By Adopt Films
Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to this year's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Winter Sleep. The Turkish drama took the top prize despite its daunting 3-hour, 16-minute run time that even had jury president Jane Campion wondering if she'd need a bathroom break in the middle of the Palais premiere. “But it had such a beautiful rhythm and it just took me in,” Campion said at the post-awards press conference. “Actually I could have sat… Read
Saban Films, Roadside Take Cannes Pic ‘The Homesman’
Upstart company Saban Films will partner with Roadside Attractions to handle the U.S. theatrical distribution of the Tommy Lee Jones-directed The Homesman, the Western that premiered at Cannes. Jones stars with Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter, Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Meryl Streep. Saban Films, hatched by Haim Saban, and Roadside Attractions plan to release the film this fall on November… Read
First Look Photo: Tom Hardy As The Kray Twins In ‘Legend’
Shooting has just started on Legend, the Working Title period gangster pic that sees Tom Hardy step into dual roles as the infamous Kray twins Ronnie and Reggie. Studiocanal, which is fully financing, nearly sold out on the Brian Helgeland-scripted and directed film in Cannes. Cross Creek has North America on Legend which will go out via Universal through its distribution deal with the studio. Release is expected in late 2015. Emily Browning, David Thewlis, Christopher Ecc… Read
Guy Pearce Joins Futuristic Love Story ‘Equals’ With Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult
Equals was one of the hot projects in Cannes with Mister Smith closing over 35 international deals. Already starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, the futuristic love story has added Guy Pearce as shooting gears up for August in Japan and Singapore. Pearce is reteaming with his Breathe In director Drake Doremus who is helming from a script by Moon's Nathan Parker. The picture is set in a future society where emotions have been eradicated and the new breed of humans… Read
Oscars: How Cannes May Have More Impact Than Ever On The 2014 Race
As my French fog lifts in the wake of my return from the Cannes Film Festival it's a good time to look at how it might have impacted the 2014 Oscar race as the calendar turns to June and we have the first big benchmark out of the way. That's not to say that Cannes is a huge indicator of where this thing will be come Fall when it really heats up, but this is one of the better years I think in terms of Cannes and potential for its ultimate impact on the awards season. Some… Read