By Peter Belsito | SydneysBuzz April 21, 2014 at 8:30AM
The Open Reel, an international sales agent, will be screening this new film Grand Street in Cannes.
A chance encounter between an out-of-work film executive and an aspiring writer leads to a 24 hour Manhattan odyssey through an underworld and back. Driven by hopes and dreams, steered by selfish yearnings and vague promises, Camilla and Amo's journey is mythic and fated with irreparable consequences for both. A dark romance set in New York City. A debut to the long feature film and starring, among others, Charlotte Riley , Tom Byam Shaw, Michael Wincott, Mía Maestro and Kelly McGillis , Grand Street is set in Manhattan, where the slice of New York lives spread out. The 24 hours in the city and the selfish love, work of the people in it create a drama. The romance of Camilla and Amos itself represents the dry urban life.
Taking the less obvious path to directing, Lex Sidon started his career in NY as a corporate banker. Always a writer, collaborating on several screenplays, he moved to LA where he eventually got behind the camera directing music videos. Returning to NY, he made the short film The Best Man (2010), wrote and directed his debut feature Grand Street and continues to follow his passion for visual storytelling.
As a work-in-progress, Grand Street was one of 6 films chosen
for “U.S. In Progress”, a director’s showcase and post-production
annually in Wroclaw, Poland and Paris, France.
Grand Street will be part of the 15th JeonJu International Film Festival, taking place from May 1st to 10th, as part of the Festival's Cinemafest Section. Screening dates are scheduled on May 2nd and 5th, at 10:30pm (Jeonju Cinematown 2).
The Open Reel, an international sales agent, is a Festivals Booking and International Sales Agency, The Open Reel, founded by Cosimo Santoro, aims to support and develop independent cinema on an international level. The Open Reel wants to enlarge the visibility of those independents productions not supported by a staff devoted to develop their circulation and their positioning to festivals, events and sales. The Open Reel is also active on a production level, supporting projects still in post-production.