Cannes Roundup: Un Certain Regard Jury; Arclight Picks Up 'Predestination'; GRB Entertainment Launches Film Unit

With just two days to go before the start of the 2012 Cannes International Film Festival, the official sidebar competition, Un Certain Regard, has announced its jury. Joining previously announced jury head Tim Roth on the panel that will pick winners from among 20 films are actress Leïla Bekhti, director/producer Tonie Marshall, Argentinian film critic Luciano Monteagudo and Head of Cinemas at Centre Pompidou in Paris Sylvie Pras. Un Certain Regard opens Thursday with Mystery from Chinese director Lou Ye, and closes with Renoir by French director Gilles Bourdos.


London-based uMedia’s just-formed sales and finance arm uConnect has acquired international rights to Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer, the first deal concluded by new head Peter Rogers. Geoffrey Rush stars with Jim Sturgess, Donald Sutherland and Dutch actress Sylvia Hoeks. Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone provided the soundtrack. The Best Offer is currently shooting in Italy, Austria and the Czech Republic and is being produced by Isabella Cocuzza and Arturo Paglia of Paco Cinematografica in association with Warner Bros. Entertainment Italy, which will distribute the Film in Italy, Germany and Austria.


Arclight Films announced today it has taken on international sales of time travelling sci-fi action thriller Predestination, which stars Ethan Hawke. Brothers Michael and Peter Spierig, who work as the Spierig Brothers, wrote and will direct the film. It is based on a Robert A. Heinlein story “All You Zombies,” but the brothers say this one won’t be a zombie movie.

TV production company GRB Entertainment announced today the launch of its international feature film division, which kicks off in Cannes with two titles in the Marche du Film. The company, headed by President and CEO Gary R. Benz, is bring Queen Freak, starring Matthew Modine, Kristin Chenoweth, Joey King, Shirley Jones, and newcomer Olesya Rulin in the tale about a dysfunctional family, where the kids take matters into their own hands to re-educate their eccentric and distant parents. GRB Entertainment is also bringing the Christmas movie When Angels Sing, from Spy Kids producer Elizabeth Avellán, and producer Shannon McIntosh.  The ensemble cast is led by Harry Connick Jr.  and Connie Britton and the film is based on the Turk Pipkin novel of the same name.


Breaking Glass Pictures, headquartered in Philadelphia, is bringing a handful of new titles to Cannes, including the horror film  Cyrus: The County Line Cannibal, which iabout a flesh-eater preying on coeds; Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, released domestically by Tribeca and airing on Showtime, is an in-depth exploration of fashion designer Halston; After the Wizard, an original take on Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz that tells the present-day story of the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow who travel from Oz to find a young orphan girl who swears she’s Dorothy; and Henry Jaglom’s Just 45 Minutes from Broadway, starring Tanna Frederick and Judd Nelson, slated for a fall domestic theatrical.


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