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    Playing Jeopardy! in Cannes: See If You Can Guess Which Projects Will Make The Cut

    Today is the official opening of Cannes. But it's only 3pm local time, which means the action so far has been limited to the open floodgate of press releases announcing new productions. Releases that, judging by prior years' track records, represent films that may (or may not) get made and/or receiv...

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    The Top 20 Films We Can't Wait To See In Cannes

    Compared to many festivals, Cannes is downright petite. A mere 20 films vie for attention in the main competition, with another 21 in the Un Certain Regard sidebar. With an additional eight titles receiving out of competition slots, that's a total of 49 movies -- not counting the Cannes Classics sid...

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    Publicist Richard Lormand's Choices for Cannes

    Richard Lormand (World Cinema Publicity) is not the only great publicist one meets at the festivals, but he is unique and his missives are so unique that I want to just publish them as he writes them. I wrote about him last year and will not repeat it here. Richard limits his work to the top festiv...

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    When are Films Political? When They're Iranian

    As Cannes comes, so do political issues expressed in various forms. Before it begins, the press is already buzzing about films to be shown by the imprisoned filmmakers in Iran, Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof. We wrote about this last year and will continue to do so. We'll bring up other films as they begin to make waves (if they do this year).Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi at his home after he was freed from jail on bail after more than two months in custody, in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, May 25, 2010. (AP Photo)Films may be political in content covering a political subject or they could have a political affect which polarizes people aroun...

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    Jailed Iranian Filmmakers Jafar Panahi & Mohammad Rasoulof to Show New Work in Cannes

    Jailed Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi along with Mohammad Rasoulof will have two films in this year's Official Selection at the Festival de Cannes. Panahi, is currently serving a six years sentence in prison and a 20 year employment ban, while Rasoulof is also incarcerated.

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    La Queer Palm Every Night

    The Queer Palm is awarded by a jury of journalists and organizers of LGBT film festivals which rewards a movie for its artistic qualities and its treatments about gay, lesbian, bi or trans and gender questions. Gregg Araki’s Kaboom was the first movie awarded in 2010. The Queer Palm is a collaborat...

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    U.S. Distributors Are Popping Up Like Mushrooms: ATO (Art Takes Over)

    ATO (Art Takes Over) was launched last year at Cannes by musician Dave Matthews along with Johnathan Dorfman, Sarah Lash and Temple Fennell. Their plan to release 4 to 6 films annually seems to be coming to fruition. In Sundance 2011 they acquired film The Convincer, Casino Jack was acquired in Toronto 2010, and " title="Mao’s Last Dancer">Mao’s Last Dancer in Cannes 2010 which was released in August. Terri was picked up from its producers on its completion September 2010 and is being sold internationally by Coach 14. 20th Century Fox has home video rights. ATO releases its films theatrically through its partnership with Samuel Goldwyn ...

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    Cannes Adds "The Artist" To Competition; Announces Camera d'Or and Certain Regard Juries

    The Cannes Film Festival has added Michel Hazanavicius's "The Artist" to its official competition, bringing the fest's main slate to 20 films. "OSS 117" director Hazanavicius's latest film - a French production but in the English language - stars John Goodman, Missi Pyle and James Cromwell. The fil...

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    International Sales Agent of the Day: Entertainment One

    Entertainment One keeps growing internationally with a rare intelligence at steady unrushed pace. As they enter Cannes to sell under the guidance of Charlotte Mickie, an international sales agent with impeccable credentials who still finds time to respond to special industry requests, they have, tucked under their belt, international distribution companies acquired with an eye toward profitability. Not relying on output deals, they now own not only the means of production but also the means of distribution itself. As a distributor in Canada, where eOne originated, it started from zero in 2007 and by 2009 had 4% of the market share (second ...

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    France and Brazil CoPro Workshop in Cannes

    A Franco-Brazilian co-production workshop will be held in Cannes May 13. It is being offered by the French film board CNC and Brazil's Ancine cinema agency to introduce French and Brazilian producers to one another and to network with potential partners -- broadcasters, distributors and ...

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