Sierra/Affinity Boards Andrew Niccol’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Anon’ – Cannes
Sierra/Affinity will launch international sales for writer-director Andrew Niccol's sci-fi thriller Anon at the Cannes Film Market next month. The film stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried and is slated for a 2017 release.
Owen plays Sal Frieland, a detective in a world with no privacy, ignorance or anonymity where everyone’s lives are transparent, traceable and recorded by the authorities. Crime almost ceases to exist, but in trying to solve a series of unsolved murders… Read
Cannes Film Festival Finalizes Juries: Diego Luna, Ruben Ostlund Join UCR Panel
After unveiling the main Competition jury earlier this week, Cannes has rounded out the rest of the panels which will be judging the Un Certain Regard section as well as the Short Films and Cinéfondation titles and awarding the prize for best first feature, the Camera d’Or. In the UCR sidebar, Swiss actress Marthe Keller will act as president. She’s surrounded by French actress Céline Sallette, Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, and Mexican actor-director-producer Diego… Read
Kevin Macdonald To Helm Whitney Houston Doc From ‘Searching For Sugarman’ Producer – Cannes
Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald and producer Simon Chinn and his Lightbox Media partner Jonathan Chinn are partnering with producer Lisa Erspamer on a feature documentary about late singer Whitney Houston. Billed as the official documentary, the film will take a revealing look at the life and genius of the global superstar.
Altitude Film Sales is introducing the project to buyers at Cannes with UK rights acquired by Altitude Film Distribution. Will Clarke, Andy… Read
Gaumont Boards Armando Iannucci’s ‘The Death of Stalin’ – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE– France’s Gaumont is coming on-board to finance and sell Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin. The project is being produced by French powerhouse Quad Productions, who were behind the smash hit Intouchables. Stalin is a feature adaptation on Fabien-Nury’s acclaimed graphic novel that follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 after 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union. The project is set… Read
Jeff Baena’s ‘The Little Hours’ Acquired By Concourse; Alison Brie, Dave Franco Star – Cannes
EXCLUSIVE: Joshy and Life After Beth helmer Jeff Baena recently completed principal photography on dark comedy The Little Hours. The film, which shot under the radar in Italy, has now been acquired for international by Concourse Film Trade, the sales arm of Matthew Shreder and James Andrew Felts’ Concourse Media. The pic, with footage, will be introduced to buyers at next month’s Cannes Film Market. WME and CAA are repping domestic.
The director has assembled a cast that… Read
Fabien Westerhoff Hangs Film Constellation Sales & Finance Shingle – Cannes
Former HanWay Films and WestEnd Films exec Fabien Westerhoff has launched international licensing and finance company Film Constellation, which will debut at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. The London-based company is kicking off with a credit facility of up to 10M euros ($11.25M) from France’s FilmsDistribution.
Westerhoff will reveal Film Constellation’s first titles on the Riviera, from youth-oriented commercial fare to talent-driven pics targeted at mature… Read
Cannes Film Festival Jury: Kirsten Dunst, Donald Sutherland, Vanessa Paradis & More Join President George Miller
With less than three weeks to go until the 69th Cannes Film Festival kicks off on May 11, organizers have set the jury that will fill the panel under President George Miller. Along with the Mad Max: Fury Road helmer, a group of four women and four men from international backgrounds will decide the winners of this year’s Palme d’Or and other major prizes.
They are: French director/writer Arnaud Desplechin; American actress Kirsten Dunst; Italian multi-hyphenate Valeria… Read
Protagonist Boards Michael O’Shea’s Un Certain Regard Pic ‘The Transfiguration’ – Cannes
London-based Protagonist Pictures has taken world sales rights to first-time feature helmer Michael O’Shea’s The Transfiguration. The horror drama will have its debut in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival next month.
Set in New York, the pic is billed as an “atmospheric tale about love, loss and vampires.” Newcomer Eric Ruffin stars alongside Chloe Levine, who will be seen in the next season of Netflix's House Of Cards.
U.S. director O’Shea also… Read
Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’ Added To Cannes Competition
Asghar Farhadi, who won the Best Foreign Language Oscar and Berlin Golden Bear for A Separation, will have his new film The Salesman world premiere in competition at Cannes. The news was announced today by the festival, along with details of several other additions to the festival lineup.
Also added is David Mackenzie’s Hell Or High Water in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. Mackenzie last directed the prison drama Starred Up with Jack O’Connell. Egyptian director Mohammed… Read
Cannes Film Festival To Host Prince Tribute
The Cannes Film Festival will host a special tribute to the legendary Prince, who passed away Thursday at the age of 57. Prince, born Prince Rogers Nelson, had a close affinity to cinema. The singer-songwriter won an Academy Award for Best Original Song score for the semi-autobiographical 1984 film Purple Rain, in which he also starred and which, of course, lent its name to his iconic album featuring hits such as “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Prince also directed… Read
Seville International Takes On Daniel Guzman’s ‘Nothing In Return’ Ahead Of Cannes
Entertainment One's boutique label Seville International has picked up international sales rights to Daniel Guzman’s Nothing in Return. Seville will launch sales for the film at Cannes. Nothing in Return stars Miguel Herran, Antonio Bachiller and Antonio Guzman. The film was produced by Guzmán through his El Niño Producciones banner, Inigo Perez Tabernero and Cesar Rodriguez Blanco of La Competencia, Miriam Ruiz Mateos of Ulula Film, La Mirada Oblicua, Telefonica Studios… Read
Cannes: Watch French Police Stage Terror Drill Ahead Of Festival
French police used the steps of the Cannes Film Festival’s famed Palais on Thursday as the focal point of a security exercise that included a simulated terrorist attack. The planned event went down less than a month before the French Riviera town hosts the 69th edition of the festival.
France has been on high alert since the attacks in Paris in November killed 130, and the Brussels attacks last month. The country is also playing host to soccer’s European Championship this… Read