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Cannes Market: The Weinstein Co. Continues Its Torrid Buying Pace

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood May 18, 2012 at 10:30AM

The Weinstein Company acquired the U.S. rights to a political documentary on the fall of Gaddafi: 'The Oath of Tobruk.' Directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, the film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya.
French philosopher and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy
Reuters French philosopher and filmmaker Bernard-Henri Levy

The Weinstein Company continues to feed a voracious Cannes appetite. Adding to its bulging suitcase and pursuit of French culture, TWC is acquiring Christian Vincent comedy "Haute Cuisine" from Wild Bunch. It's the true story of late French president Francois Mitterand's private cook, Daniele Delpeuch, reports Deadline. Vincent wrote the film with "Of Gods And Men" scribe Etienne Comar, who produced the Armada Films Production with Philippe Rousselet for Vendome.

Thursday the company picked up U.S. rights to French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy's Cannes selection, political doc "The Oath of Tobruk." The film covers the eight-month conflict that put an end to Muammar Gaddafi's reign in LIbya. Some are speculating that Weinstein acquired the film to boost Barack Obama in the presidential election.

“This wonderful movie shows BHL’s incredible courage and the strength of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and also highlights the invaluable leadership from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton," said Weinstein in a press release. "American audiences will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how our government and the French government worked together to stop the slaughter of innocent civilians and brilliantly handled the overthrow of a government.”

Levy also praised Mr. Weinstein, noting, “For me, Harvey Weinstein is not simply 'The Artist.' He is the producer who helped launch Amnesty International in the United States; the man who fought capital punishment with the weapon of cinema; and the one who defended Roman Polanski in the face of those who wished to lynch him. This Weinstein, I am happy to learn, is joining Studio 37 in the adventure of 'The Oath of Tobruk.'”

On May 25, Cannes will present a special screening of the film, an official selection this year.  More on the screening here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.