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Cannes Market Watch: Polanski to Direct Period Thriller 'D,' on Dreyfus Affair

Roman Polanski's next indie-financed film will be the political thriller “D,” based on the 19th century political scandal Dreyfus Affair in France.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 3:35 PM
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Pre-Cannes Buy: IFC and Sundance Selects Acquire 'On the Road' for Fall Release

While Walter Salles' "On the Road" was up for sale before Cannes, many of the bigger buyers chose to wait to see how it would be received in Competition at the Festival. Just before the fest, however, AMC Networks' IFC Films and Sundance Selects scooped up for seven figures all U.S. rights to the episodic two and half hour film...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 9, 2012 6:17 AM
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Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart's 'Cali'; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Nick Cassavetes, known best for delivering one of the greatest chick flicks ever -- "The Notebook" -- is back to some grittier material; the "Alpha Dog" director is set to helm "Cali," reports Variety. Kristen Stewart will star (and co-exec produce) as one of a pair of lovebirds (the other half is yet to be cast) who sell a fake snuff film and escape the San Fernando Valley with the cash. But then the girl must "return from the dead" in order to save her younger sister from the life she abandoned. Michael Diliberti wrote the script. Voltage Productions and New School Media are producing with their eye on a late summer start, assuming the Cannes market is agreeable for the project. With Stewart attached, it will be.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:59 PM
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Cannes Market: Cornish & Gleeson Form an Unlikely Pair in 'An Ordinary Man'

Abbie Cornish and Brendan Gleeson will co-star in that rare thing these days, an original script. Brad Silberling, "The "City of Angels" and "Moonlight Mile" helmer, wrote and will direct dramatic thriller "An Ordinary Man," which follows the unlikely relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding and his maid.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 8, 2012 4:07 PM
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Cannes 2012: Fortissimo Films Acquires Foreign Rights to Bollywood-Set 'Miss Lovely' (Video)

Fortissimo Films has acquired the international rights to "Miss Lovely," a debut feature from Indian director Ashim Ahluwalia. "Miss Lovely" will premiere at Cannes as part of the Official Selection, in Un Certain Regard. Three teasers for "Miss Lovely" are highlighted below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2012 1:18 PM
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Cannes: Wicks and Fisher Explain How John Hillcoat's 'Lawless' Went Indie

One of the many Weinstein films on parade at Cannes this year, John Hillcoat's "Lawless" (August 31), started out its life in development with husband-and-wife producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher's Red Wagon shingle at Sony. They brought in Hillcoat and Nick Cave, who wrote Hillcoat's Aussie western "The Proposition."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 4, 2012 12:17 PM
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Cannes Watch: Special Screening of Bernard-Henri Levy's 'Le Serment de Tobrouk' ('The Oath of Tobruk')

On Friday, May 25, the Cannes Film Festival will present a special screening of one of their Official Selection films, Bernard-Henri Lévy’s "Le Serment de Tobrouk" or "The Oath of Tobruk." French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy created the film during the eight-month conflict in Libya that put an end to the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • May 4, 2012 11:52 AM
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Cannes Market 2012: Pattinson's 'Mission'; Brosnan & Wilson's 'Coup'; Colfer's 'Lightning'; Cooper's 'Out of the Furnace'; SXSW's 'Frankie Go Boom'

Myriad projects across a range of budgets and genres will be announced and shopped at Cannes. But while some are completed, others are in earlier stages of development and may never see the light of day; having the right talent attached will help get them sold in territories around the world and get the coin necessary for the green light.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 3, 2012 1:02 PM
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Confirmed: Sean Penn Goes to Cannes, for Haiti Benefit

Cannes Fest Director Thierry Fremaux was right when he suggested that Sean Penn would show in Cannes 2012. Sure enough, he's coming, not with his fall film "Gangster Squad," but as part of a first-of-its kind Carnival in Cannes benefit gala dinner on May 18 at the Festival Agora to raise money for three Haiti organizations:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 3, 2012 11:03 AM
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Mandate Partners Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane Launch Good Universe Before Cannes

It's classic that just as an executive can claim a huge hit, he's out at the studio. Joe Drake's stewardship at the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group is a thing of the past, but he does have bragging rights to "The Hunger Games." Now he and longtime Mandate partner Nathan Kahane ("Juno") are launching new shingle Good Universe just in time for Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 1, 2012 6:04 PM
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