Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Indiewire logo

Cannes Good-Buys? Should Indie filmmakers be worried about distribution landscape

ReelPolitik By Anthony Kaufman | ReelPolitik May 29, 2012 at 2:05PM

File this post under the politics of filmmaking (not film and politics). Looking at the acquisition landscape after Cannes got me thinking: Should filmmakers be worried? Cannes is never the business hotbed that is Sundance, but this year's number of purchases seemed to be muted. Even IFC Films, perennially the most active buyer in Cannes, only purchased four films (Wheatley's "Sightseers," Loach's "The Angel's Share," Im Sang Soo's "The Taste of Money," Kiaostami's "Like Someone in Love") as of today, when past years saw the theatrical-and-VOD distrib pick up more than half a dozen movies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen Magnolia pick up anything, which means either 1) there were slim pickings at the festival, or 2) the market is downscaling once again.
1

File this post under the politics of filmmaking (not film and politics). Looking at the acquisition landscape after Cannes got me thinking: Should filmmakers be worried? Cannes is never the business hotbed that is Sundance, but this year's number of purchases seemed to be muted. Even IFC Films, perennially the most active buyer in Cannes, only purchased four films (Wheatley's "Sightseers," Loach's "The Angel's Share," Im Sang Soo's "The Taste of Money," Kiaostami's "Like Someone in Love") as of today, when past years saw the theatrical-and-VOD distrib pick up more than half a dozen movies. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen Magnolia pick up anything, which means either 1) there were slim pickings at the festival, or 2) the market is downscaling once again.

paperboy

The Weinstein Co, which last year bought "The Artist," and ran all the way to the Oscars with it, only purchased a documentary about the Libyan revolution and a comic drama about an Australian Aborginal all-girl music group. And prestige player Sony Pictures Classics got Michael Haneke's Palme winner "Amour" and the Gael Garcia Bernal vehicle "No," which is about on par with the company's fest activity, but they certainly weren't going out on a limb. Samuel Goldwyn got one ("Renoir"). So did Oscilloscope ("Reality"). And the distributor that no one has heard of, Indomina, nabbed the festival's film maudit "Holy Motors."

A number of the higher profile pics were pre-bought, of course, with AMC Networks acquiring Walter Salles' "On the Road," and the Weinsteins already hailing their criminal double feature of "Killing Them Softly" and "Lawless."

But the fact that Lee Daniel's controversial hot topic "The Paperboy" hasn't sold yet suggests to me a cooling of the marketplace. When a film that shows Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron can't stir up a bidding war, what can?

This article is related to: Cannes Film Festival

Follow us

E-Mail Updates



Recent Comments

By Ahmed Aslam: I support president Nasheed! He has been jailed and tortured several times over the last 25 years fighting for democracy and human rights

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 4:38am

By Ahmed Iyaz: President Mohamed Nasheed is the only President who gave Maldivians freedom of expression. I'm totally against of unlawful arrest of him and…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 3:58am

By Eugene Jarecki: I lend my voice passionately to this cause. It is of the utmost importance.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 3:03am

By Ahmed: Former President Nasheeds regime was a disaster to Maldives. A real dictator. Forcefuly arrested the Chief Judge at midnight while sleeping…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 2:06am

By Mohamed Salih Hassan: Former President Mohamed Nasheed should get fair trial. Call current govt of Maldives to hear majority of people's voice.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 6th, 2015 2:01am

By Mohamed Shareef: my Dear HEP Yamin. Please Release Ex- HEP Mohamed Nasheed from Custody, Because PG& You create & Make This case Against him He…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:27pm

By Umar Fairooz: From the very beginning President Nasheed's court case appears to be one of farcical in nature, too many gloomy, shady happenings behind clos…

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:21pm

By Eena Naseem: Calling for the release of my President Mohamed Nasheed, calling the current govt. of Maldives to hear the majority's voice.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 11:17pm

By Julia Pacetti: I support Presdient Nasheed and add my name to this letter of support for his release.

Documentary Filmmakers and Activists Call for Release of "Island President" Nasheed

Mar 5th, 2015 10:59pm

By Michael O'Connor: Free all political prisoners!

Documentary Community Rallies Around Arrested "Island President"

Mar 4th, 2015 9:56am