Cannes 2011

Carey Mulligan, Ryan Gosling
Cannes Film Festival
 
Commercial fare such as “Drive” and Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Pompeii” project dominate festival and market lineups.

Amid all the talk of the auteurs, cultural imperatives and sniffy attitudes toward U.S. studio fare, this year’s Marche du Film will be dominated by one dirty word and all its forms: commercial, commerciality, commercialism, comme toujours.

As the movie industry survivors — from the studios and affiliates to low down and dirty independents — emerge blinking into a much-changed landscape after three years shaped by economic turmoil, the banking crisis and narrowed business opportunities, the need for a clever commercial bent is more essential than ever.

Anecdotal evidence certainly suggests that there are two strands of projects on the auction floor on the eve of the market. On the one hand are the $100 million plus packages such as Paul W.S. Anderson’s take on the story of Pompeii complete with a hefty price tag being asked by Summit International this week across international territories, or Ender’s Game, a live-action sci-fi movie based on the novel by Orson Scott Carr to be directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and being sold in Cannes by Sierra/Affinity. And Focus Features Intl. is selling the $100 million budgeted Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks.

On the other hand are the myriad projects with cast at budgets of $30 million or lower. Projects at this level, starring A-listers such as Meryl Streep, Robert Downey Jr. or Jason Statham, feature heavily along the Croisette.

“There’s nothing in between the two at the moment,” says Lionsgate U.K. chief Zygi Kamasa, who lands in Cannes wearing both a buyers hat and a production financier badge. “It’s because if you buy something with a budget above say $30 million and below $100 million and they fail then simply everyone loses their shirt. At the high end, everyone is gambling on whether or not those projects might be the next big franchise.”

“The whole market has become very polarized,” agrees Summit International exec David Garrett. “Because of the decline of the DVD market and the TV sales market, more and more is concentrated on generating revenue out of theatrical sales, which leads to a greater focus on bigger titles.”

There will certainly be no shortage of high-end product in Cannes 2011, from FilmNation’s The Brothers Grimm: Snow White directed by Tarsem Singh and starring Julia Roberts to Sierra/Affinity’s Jason Statham actioner Parker to the thriller Better Living Through Chemistry with Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Garner from Ealing Metro to Cry Macho, the kidnapping drama which has Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to star, marking his return to the big screen, and which QED International is bringing to the party.

“There’s a lot more mainstream product around this year,” says Bernhard zu Castell, managing director of German distributor Universum Films. “It’s often the case that everyone is chasing the same films, but this year there might almost be enough to go around.”

Even in Cannes’ Competition lineup, a haven for the auteur and obscure, there are several titles which could turn up at a multiplex near you — such as Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn or Drive from Nicolas Winding Refn, a crime thriller featuring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Christina Hendricks.

With the crossover success of The King’s Speech and Black Swan last year, buyers will also have an eye out for titles that look art house but can play blockbuster.

“We are interested in commercial art house films, commercial specialist films and out and out commercial films. They don’t always have to carry a $100 million budget price tag,” says Ealing Metro topper Will Machin, citing Ealing’s new title, a Nina Simone biopic starring Mary J. Blige, as an example of a film that can be both commercial art house and specialist movie in one.

“The question is whether there still is a market for full-on art house, or will all the cash in Cannes flow toward the mainstream?

“Smaller, more indie films are definitely more of a challenge,” says Julie Sultan, head of sales at new U.S. sales/acquisitions/financing group W2 Media. “With the downturn in the economy, the bigger pictures are more alluring. A lot of indie buyers worldwide are looking to step up and reach for these bigger films that can compete with the studio pictures.”

But others say reports of the death of art house have been greatly exaggerated.

“People have been saying that since Little Miss Sunshine and Garden State and Hustle and Flow,” said one major U.S. sales agent, dismissively. “The reality is, Blue Valentine got made, and that’s more of an art film.”

Tom Bernard of Sony Classics, a Cannes veteran, also thinks that whatever the economic pressure toward sure-bet movies, the Marche du Film is still the place to mine arthouse gems.

“We got Secret in Their Eyes two years ago out of the market, and for the specialized business it did $8 million,” he said. “In a Better World we got in the market, it won the Academy Award. Every year there’s good movies there. If you’re looking for a studio blockbuster (Cannes) probably not the place to look.”

Six Cannes Market Titles Not to Miss (Cannes)

Antonio Banderas’ latest directorial effort and films starring Audrey Tautou and Clive Owen are among CR’s picks.

Black Butterflies
Director: Paula van der Oest
A polished history lesson for the art house crowd. Dutch actress Carice van Houten (Black Book) plays South African poet Ingrid Jonker, whose work helped unite the Apartheid-torn nation. Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer also star in this period drama, which comes off strong reviews from its debut in Tribeca.
Sales Agent: Bavaria Film International

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La Delicatesse
Directors: David Foenkinos and Stéphane Foenkinos
Amelie darling Audrey Tautou stars in this Franco rom-com based on David Foenkinos’ world-wide best-seller, about a woman who is courted by her Swedish co-worker while still mourning for her dead husband.
Sales Agent: Studio Canal

Cities
Director: Roger Donaldson
This multiple-narrative drama looks at how money affects the lives of a hedge fund manager in New York, a middle class couple in London and a police officer in Mumbai. Clive Owen and India’s Anil Kapoor star.
Sales Agent: Parlay Films

Great Hope Springs
Director: David Frankel
In this comedy from Devil Wears Prada director Frankel, Meryl Streep stars as Maeve, a woman desperate to reconnect with her husband of many years. When she hears of a famed relationship guru (played by Steve Carell) in the town of Great Hope Springs, she must persuade her skeptical husband to get on a plane for an intense week of marriage and sex therapy.  
Sales Agent: Lionsgate

Friends with Kids
Director: Jennifer Westfeldt
Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) makes her directing debut with this comedy about college friends who decide to embark on parenthood —with decidedly mixed results. Westfeldt stars alongside an all star cast that includes Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Edward Burns.
Sales Agent: Red Granite Pictures

Solo
Director: Antonio Banderas
Written by Erik Jendresen (Band of Brothers), this English-language thriller, currently in pre-production, tells the story of a highly-trained, heavily armed man’s attempt to solve the mystery of what happened at 3:11 AM on a Monday morning, why there are fires raging all over a lifeless planet, why he senses another presence lurking just behind him and, most importantly, what happened to his wife and daughter.
Sales Agent: Vertice 360

zopas heeft Thierry Frémaux, de grote man achter het internationale filmfestival van Cannes,  in een barstensvolle conferentiezaal van het Grand’ Hotel in Parijs, de kroonselectie bekendgemaakt van de films die op de 64ste editie van het festival der festivals de blits mogen maken. Hieronder de lijst met titels van de films en regisseurs in zowel de hoofdcompetitie van de Palme d’Or, alsmede de eervolle zijpiste van Un Certain Regard. De Amerikaanse acteur Robert de Niro zal dit jaar juryvoorzitter zijn van de Gouden Palm, de Servische regisseur Emir Kusturica van Un Certain Regard. Publiekslieveling en Hollywood’s enfant terrible et maladroit Woody Allen mag de aftrap geven op de openingsavond van het festival (11 mei) met zijn nieuwste film Midnight In Paris.

 

De vierenzestigste editie van het festival aan de Croisette, belooft een uiterst spannende te worden aangezien er nieuwe films te zien zullen zijn van flink wat grote meesters waarnaar alom reikhalzend wordt uitgezien, zoals Tree of Life van levende legende Terrance Malick, Melancholia van het dwarse genie Lars von Trier, The Beaver – het regisseursdebuut van Jodie Foster, Restless van Gus van Sant, Le Gamin Au Velo van de gebroeders Dardenne en Le Havre van de Finse meester Aki Kauriskmäki. Liefhebbers van de in Cannes immer gevenereerde Cinéma d’Auteurs komen dit jaar aan de Franse zuidkust zeker aan hun trekken.

 

Mocht u met een van de voornoemde of andere regisseurs of acteurs uit de geselecteerde films interviews wensen te publiceren, of geinteresseerd zijn in een prikkelend, eigenzinnig of diepgaand sfeerverslag van het festival, gelieve dan tijdig contact met mij op te nemen.  agency. Ook voor film- video- of radioverslagen live vanaf de Croisette, of exclusieve inkijkjes in de wereld van de Sublieme Illusie ben ik u graag van dienst. CINEMA REDUX beschikt over bevoorrechte accreditatie-pasjes voor zowel de schrijvende als audio-visuele persmedewerkers, en geniet voorrang bij het verkrijgen van interviews en het bijwonen van ook de meest gewilde persconferenties. Wij kunnen en zullen van 10 tot en met 22 mei as., alle nieuws uit Cannes voor u verslaan vanaf de allereerste rang en stand.  

 

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This photo of Faye Dunaway was taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970.
Model of sophistication and timeless elegance, it is an embodiment of the cinematic dream that the Festival de Cannes seeks to maintain.

CANNES 2011   – LIST OF SELECTED FILMS

Opening Film    
     
Woody ALLEN MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Out of Competition) 1h40
     

Competition

Pedro ALMODÓVAR LA PIEL QUE HABITO 2h00
     
Bertrand BONELLO L’APOLLONIDE – SOUVENIRS DE LA MAISON CLOSE 2h02
     
Alain CAVALIER PATER 1h45
     
Joseph CEDAR HEARAT SHULAYIM
(Footnote)
1h45
     
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN BIR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU’DA
(Once upon a time in Anatolia)
2h30
     
Jean-Pierre et Luc DARDENNE LE GAMIN AU VÉLO 1h27
     
Aki KAURISMÄKI LE HAVRE 1h43
     
Naomi KAWASE HANEZU NO TSUKI 1h31
     
Julia LEIGH SLEEPING BEAUTY – 1st film – 1h44
     
MAÏWENN POLISSE 2h01
     
Terrence MALICK THE TREE OF LIFE 2h18
     
Radu MIHAILEANU LA SOURCE DES FEMMES 2h15
     
Takashi MIIKE ICHIMEI
(Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samuraï)
2h06
     
Nanni MORETTI HABEMUS PAPAM 1h42
     
Lynne RAMSAY WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN 1h50
     
Markus SCHLEINZER MICHAEL – 1st film – 1h34
     
Paolo SORRENTINO THIS MUST BE THE PLACE 1h58
     
Lars VON TRIER MELANCHOLIA 2h10
     
Nicolas WINDING REFN DRIVE 1h35
     

Un Certain Regard

Gus VAN SANT RESTLESS – Opening Film – 1h31
     
Bakur BAKURADZE THE HUNTER 1h50
     
Andreas DRESEN HALT AUF FREIER STRECKE 1h35
     
Bruno DUMONT HORS SATAN 1h50
     
Sean DURKIN MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE – 1st film – 1h41
     
Robert GUÉDIGUIAN LES NEIGES DU KILIMANDJARO 1h47
     
Oliver HERMANUS SKOONHEID 1h38
     
HONG Sangsoo THE DAY HE ARRIVES 1h19
     
Cristián JIMÉNEZ BONSÁI
(Bonsaï)
1h42
     
Eric KHOO TATSUMI 1h34
     
KIM Ki-duk ARIRANG 1h40
     
Nadine LABAKI ET MAINTENANT ON VA OÚ ? 1h50
     
Catalin MITULESCU LOVERBOY 1h35
     
NA Hong-jin YELLOW SEA 2h20
     
Gerardo NARANJO MISS BALA 1h53
     
Juliana ROJAS,

Marco DUTRATRABALHAR CANSA – 1st film -1h40   Pierre SCHOELLERL’EXERCICE DE L’ETAT1h55   Ivan SENTOOMELAH1h46   Joachim TRIEROSLO, AUGUST 31ST1h35   

Out of Competition

Xavier DURRINGER LA CONQUÊTE 1h45
     
Jodie FOSTER THE BEAVER 1h40
     
Michel

HAZANAVICIUSTHE ARTIST1h40   Rob MARSHALLPIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN:
ON STRANGER TIDES2h20   
Midnight Screenings
  CHAN Peter Ho-SunWU XIA2h00   Everardo GOUTDIAS DE GRACIA – 1st film -2h13   
Special Screnings
  Frederikke ASPÖCKLABRADOR – 1st film -1h30   Rithy PANHLE MAÎTRE DES FORGES DE L’ENFER1h45   Michael RADFORDMICHEL PETRUCCIANI1h30   Christian ROUAUDTOUS AU LARZAC2h00

     

Cinéfondation

ARAMISOVA

FAMU, Czech RepublicCAGEY TIGERS23′   Nathanael CARTON

NYU Asia, SingaporeSUU ET UCHIKAWA
(Suu and Uchikawa)11’   Simão CAYATTE
Columbia University, USAA VIAGEM
(The Trip)19’   Anat COSTI
Bezalel Academy, IsraelBEFETACH BEITY
(On My Doorstep)6’   D. Jesse DAMAZO,
Joe BOOKMAN

University of Iowa, USATHE AGONY AND SWEAT OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT15’   Pieter DIRKX
Sint-Lukas University, BelgiumBENTO MONOGATARI
(Lunchbox Story)27’   Doroteya DROUMEVA
dffb, GermanyDER BRIEF
(The Letter)30’   Alice FURTADO
Universidade Federal Fluminense, BrazilDUELO ANTES DA NOITE
(Duel Before Nightfall)20’   Kamal LAZRAQ
La fémis, FranceDRARI39’   Mariano LUQUE
Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, ArgentinaSALSIPUEDES44’   Gastón MARGOLIN, Martín MORGENFELD
Universidad del Cine, ArgentinaLA FIESTA DE CASAMIENTO
(The Wedding Party)19’   Pasquale MARINO
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, ItalyL’ESTATE CHE NON VIENE
(Till Summer Comes)17’   Jefferson MONEO
Columbia University,  USABIG MUDDY15’   Ma’ayan RYPP
Tel Aviv University, IsraelAL MARTHA LAUF
(Martha Must Fly)26′   SON Tae-gyum
Chung-Ang University,
South KoreaYA-GAN-BI-HANG
(Fly by Night)21′   Maria STEINMETZ
HFF ”Konrad Wolf”, GermanyDER WECHSELBALG
(Changeling)8’

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