Bi Gan’s Cannes Pic ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ Gets U.S. Deal Via Kino Lorber
Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Chinese director Bi Gan's new film that had its world premiere this year at the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The China-France co-production is playing in the Toronto and New York film festivals before getting a spring 2019 theatrical release followed by VOD and DVD bows.
The pic centers on drifter Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) who returns to Kaili, the Chinese hometown from… Read
‘BlacKkKlansman’ Producers On Spike Lee’s “Strength Of Perspective” & Focus Features Pic’s Turnaround Time
It’s no accident that this past weekend—a year to the day after Charlottesville—saw the premiere of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman. That event and its repercussions had been on Lee’s mind throughout production. Off the back of a healthy rollout for the film—with Lee’s best box office results in over a decade—the resonance between the story of Ron Stallworth, the cop of went undercover and infiltrated the KKK, couldn’t be more urgent.
Sitting down in Cannes with Deadline's Joe… Read
Cannes Film Festival Sets 2019 Dates
Returning to a somewhat more “normal” schedule in 2019, the Cannes Film Festival will run from May 14-25 next year. After the 2018 edition began May 8, the 2019 dates put the start back to mid-month where it’s typically landed in the past several years. However, in keeping with a tweak to the 2018 event, the proceedings will kick off again on a Tuesday and close on a Saturday with awards handed out that night. Cannes made the announcement today on its Twitter feed.
On the… Read
Paul Bettany On ‘Star Wars’, ‘Avengers’, Taking Advice From Peter O’Toole & Those ‘Master And Commander 2’ Whispers
Paul Bettany has been living in Disney’s world of late, reprising his role as Vision in Marvel’s mega-blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War and suiting up as villain Dryden Vos in Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story which began international rollout this week and releases domestically today. The latter is a reteam for Bettany with director Ron Howard following collaborations on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind and 2006’s The Da Vinci Code. In a recent chat, Bettany and I geeked out… Read
Guy Pearce-Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Flammable Children’ Sells To UK, France, Italy, Spain, More
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd Films has closed a raft of deals on Flammable Children (aka Swinging Safari) ahead of its international premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival next month.
The Australian comedy, written and directed by Stephan Elliott (The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert), sold in Cannes to UK (Thunderbird), France (Swift), Italy (Lucky Red), Spain (Twelve Oaks), Switzerland (Frenetic), Scandinavia (Sandrew), the Middle East (ECS) and Russia… Read
‘The Expendables 4’ Muscles Up: Sylvester Stallone Action Pic & ‘Rambo 5’ Sell To China In Eight-Figure Co-Fi Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Chinese exhibition giant Dadi has pre-bought mainland China distribution rights to Sylvester Stallone-fronted action sequels The Expendables 4 and Rambo 5 from Avi Lerner’s Millenium Media.
Production on both franchises has long-been subject to rumour, but according to sales and production outfit Millenium, which has backed all of The Expendables movies and the latest Rambo installment, Stallone will return for Rambo 5 in September 2018 and star in The Expendabl… Read
‘No Blood Was Shed’: Jury Head Cate Blanchett On Gender, Race And Choosing The ‘Right’ Palme D’Or
With three films by female directors in the mix this year, speculation was rife that the Palme D'Or might finally go to a woman for the first time since Jane Campion made history 25 years ago with The Piano.
Eva Husson's Les Filles Du Soleil took an early bath last week after a disastrous press screening; but Italy's Alice Rohrwach and Lebanon's Nadine Labaki – with Happy As Lazarus and Capernaum, respectively – both sustained buzz until awards night.
As it was, both went… Read
Netflix Gets North Am, Latin Am Rights To Cannes Award-Winners ‘Happy As Lazzaro’ And ‘Girl’
Netflix has acquired the rights to Cannes Film Festival award-winners Happy As Lazzaro and Girl for North America and Latin America.
Happy as Lazzaro premiered in competition and was awarded Best Screenplay for Alice Rohrwacher. The Camera d'Or for best first film was awarded to Lukas Dhont for Girl, which premiered in Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival and was awarded Best Actor for Victor Polster,
Happy as Lazzaro is the tale of a meeting between Lazzaro… Read
Jury Prize Winner Nadine Labaki’s ‘Capernaum’ Captures The Reality Of A Life in Hell For Lebanon’s Invisible Generation – Cannes Studio
Nadine Labaki's Capernaum premiered in Cannes on the final Thursday of the festival, the last of just three female filmmakers in a competition of 21 films. Though her previous two films, Caramel and Where Do We Go Now?, are both social dramas that deal directly with some of the issues facing her homeland, the Lebanese director's latest reaches a whole new level. Set on the streets in the country's poorest areas, it tells the story of Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a little boy… Read
Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda Returns To Exploring Family Dynamics In Surprise Palme D’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’ – Cannes Studio
After flirting with genre in courtroom drama The Third Murder, which bowed at Venice last year, Japan's Hirokazu Kore-eda—a regular face at Cannes since the early 2000s—made a return to familiar ground, not to mention a quick turnaround, with his new film Shoplifters. Having said that, Shoplifters isn't quite what it appears at first glance: dealing with a family of petty criminals who live on the breadline, it slowly reveals its secrets, gradually building to a… Read
Asia Argento Tells Cannes That Festival Was Harvey Weinstein’s “Hunting Ground,” Warns Those Complicit
Joining jury member Ava DuVernay to present the Best Actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony this evening, Asia Argento sounded a warning to the audience.
She began, “I was raped by Harvey Weinstein in Cannes in 1997. I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground. I’m going to make a prediction: Harvey Weinstein will never be welcomed here again. He will never disgrace the community that once embraced him and covered up for his crimes.” She… Read
Cannes Buzz Films ‘Girls Of The Sun’ And ‘Ash Is Purest White’ Set For US Distribution By Cohen Media Group
Cohen Media Group has acquired US distribution rights to director Eva Husson’s Girls of the Sun, a drama focusing on the sisterhood of women taken prisoner by Kurdistan extremists, and director Jia Zhanqke’s Ash Is Purest White, a Chinese drama detailing a woman’s romance with a mobster.
Charles S. Cohen, the owner, chairman, and CEO of Cohen Media Group, announced the CMG deals in advance of the closing ceremony of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where both films had… Read