By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 15, 2013 at 3:00PM
Check out this clip from James Toback's Cannes documentary "Seduced and Abandoned," which follows the director and buddy Alec Baldwin as they adventure through the wilds of the Croisette, looking for funding for a new project. In the clip, Toback speaks with big names like Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Bernardo Bertolucci and Roman Polanski on the state of film and the industry.
HBO recently acquired North American rights to the film. As the studios cede ground to HBO, the Cannes Film Festival has embraced the cabler as well. Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," with juicy roles for stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, is entered in the main competition.
"Seduced and Abandoned" makes its world premiere as a Special Screening in the Cannes Official Selection, and also includes portraits of stars Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger and James Caan.
“The film idea was generated by conversations Alec and I have had over a long period of time and we decided we’d go to Cannes and shoot a record of our quest to find money to make a movie, which in effect is not a movie we’re definitely making, but rather one we will make in the future if we raise the money for it here,” Toback told Deadline last year. “This film is about that process, documenting the progress and the potential success or failure of the two of us in a picaresque attempt to obtain the financing of a movie we have a general idea about making.”
The film was produced by Baldwin, Toback and Michael Mailer, and executive produced by Morris Levy, Alan Helene, Larry Herbert and Neal Schneider. Toback also took his doc "Tyson" to Cannes in 2008. The deal for the film was negotiated with HBO by Jeff Berg at Resolution on behalf of the filmmakers. International sales are being handled by Hanway.
Toback earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Bugsy" and wrote the original screenplay for the Carol Reisz film “The Gambler.” He also wrote and directed “Fingers,” “Love & Money,” “Exposed,” “The Big Bang,” “Two Girls and a Guy,” “Harvard Man,” “The Pick-up Artist,” “Black and White” and “When Will I Be Loved.”