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Cannes Hit 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' Sets Fall Release Date, Academy Won't Bend Rules To Allow Oscar Consideration

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 4:23 PM
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Abdellatif Kechiche's 'Blue is the Warmest Color', Lea Seydoux
Ever since the Cannes Film Festival, it has been equal doses of praise and controversy for the Palme d'Or winning, lesbian romance epic "Blue Is The Warmest Color." A movie we've called one of the best of the year so far, it has seen author Julie Maroh raise concerns about the graphic sex in the film, which she equated to porn, while some of the folks who worked on Abdellatif Kechiche's film claim they were bullied and the production was "anarchic" and over-budget. And yet through all of that no one can doubt the quality of the movie, but despite best efforts, one of the year's finest films won't get a chance at winning an Oscar. Ironic.

Watch: New Photos From Roman Polanski's 'Venus In Fur,' Sundance Selects Grabs U.S. Rights

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 1:03 PM
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Venus In Furs, Polanski
No other review we delivered out of the Cannes Film Festival drew as much ire (and trolling) as Jessica Kiang's take on Roman Polanski's "Venus In Fur." Over 115 commenters weighed in after she declared that the latest from the auteur has "wit and verbal dexterity on display" but "has little insight to give us into anything except the sexual hubris of an aging man, and frankly, we’re not sure we give a damn." Zing. Well you'll be able to decide for yourself soon enough.

Magnolia Pictures Find Thomas Vinterberg’s Cannes Entry ‘The Hunt,’ Sundance Selects/IFC Films Pick Up Tribeca Hit ‘Una Noche’

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 1, 2012 11:27 AM
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Fourteen years after he helped launch the Dogme 95 movement with his family drama “The Celebration,” director Thomas Vinterberg returned to Cannes this past month with his latest film, “The Hunt.” As the Croisette is wont to do, reactions were immensely divided, with some calling the film a masterpiece of near-unbearable dread, while others found the film a manipulative soap opera. Luckily for the filmmakers though, those in distribution kept a keen eye, and have now tapped the film for a future US release.

Fox Lands U.S. Rights To Jean-Luc Godard's 'Goodbye To Language 3D'; 'Holy Motors,' 'Like Someone In Love,' 'Reality' & More Films Get Picked Up

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2012 12:20 PM
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Every major film festival ends with films being gobbled up by distributors, and the Cannes Film Festival is no different.

Kino Lorber Picks Up Hong Sang-Soo's 'In Another Country' & Ken Loach's 'Angels' Share' Finds Distribution With Sundance Selects

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 25, 2012 12:20 PM
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Tracking the festival circuit can sometimes be a frustrating venture as distribution deals (or lack thereof) can negate anticipation and excitement. For smaller-name films, foreign ones in particular, it's sometimes a matter of years before a far away festival hit is released locally. American fans of South Korean helmer Hong Sang-soo and Scotsman Ken Loach can rejoice, however, as the duo's latest films from Cannes have now secured stateside distribution deals.

IFC Films & Sundance Selects Pick Up U.S. Rights To Walter Salles' 'On The Road'; Film Will Hit Theaters Late Fall

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2012 9:33 PM
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While there will be a lot of dealmaking done over glasses of chardonnay at Cannes, a few are going to be done before the festival kicks off, and in what is one of the biggest so far, one of the most high profile movies premiering on the Croisette has now landed U.S. distribution.

Sundance Selects Says 'Gimme The Loot' For SXSW Winner; Wrekin Hill Finds 'The End Of Love' & Oscilloscope Reaches Enlightenment with 'Samsara'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • March 21, 2012 1:36 PM
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The SXSW Film Festival has shuttered its doors for another year, and now news reaches us that the winner of this year's Best Narrative Feature award has found a distributor, as did two other festival favorites from Park City and TIFF.

'Wish You Were Here,' 'The Pact,' 'Simon Killer' & 'Chasing Ice' Latest Movies To Find Distribution At Sundance

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 27, 2012 10:44 AM
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Sundance ends this weekend and before everyone hops on a plane back home there are some last-minute deals to be done with distributions acquiring those titles that have made people sit up and take notice over the past week or so.

Werner Herzog Convinces Sundance Selects To Release 'Into The Abyss' Next Month Instead Of Next Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 7, 2011 6:11 AM
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'Salmon Fishing In Yemen' Baits Spring Release DateWerner Herzog is having one helluva 2011. His 3D documentary "Cave Of Forgotten Dreams" has been an arthouse smash hit, still playing theaters (in Montreal where this writer is from, it was brought back for as second run due to popular demand -- that pretty much never happens) and in the best casting news of the year, Herzog landed the villain role opposite Tom Cruise in the thriller "One Shot." Just typing that out still makes our mind reel. He hit TIFF last month with his new documentary "Into The Abyss," and while Sundance Selects were going to wait until 2012 to release it, Herzog has twisted their arm to get into the theaters a little bit sooner. Like next month.

TIFF Films 'Wuthering Heights,' 'The Lady' And 'Your Sister's Sister' All Find Distribution

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 15, 2011 7:46 AM
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Plus IFC Take Genre Film 'The Incident' & Abel Ferrera's '4.44: Last Day On Earth'; Sundance Selects Nabs Michael Winterbottom's 'Trishna'Many sites have been running stories about the initial buying drought at TIFF, but the situation looks as if it's turning around considerably as more deals are being made.

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