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CANNES EXCLUSIVE: Ari Folman Talks Fortnight Opener 'The Congress,' Which Predicts Hollywood's Chilling Future (TRAILER)

The Cannes International Film Festival gets under way Wednesday with the international premiere of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," a perfect opening night choice given its already established hit status stateside (TOH review here). And on Thursday the edgier Cannes sidebar Director's Fortnight (or Quinzaine) will open with Israeli director Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action/animation hybrid starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston, which is being screened for the first time not only for Cannes audiences and critics but North American distributors as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2013 1:22 PM
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Cannes Market: Michael Nyqvist of the 'Millenium Trilogy' Stars in Dramedy 'My So-Called Father'

Actor Michael Nyqvist, who played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films, has been cast in the dramedy "My So-Called Father." The Swedish production is written and directed by Ulf Malmros, and co-stars Vera Vitali.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 2:37 PM
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Cannes 2012 Box Office Led by 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Will Strong Fest Sales Repeat in 2013?

Led by a recent year (and possibly all time) record of 21 of 22 official competition films gaining U.S. distribution (including some yet to play), 2012's Cannes line-up (from all sections) shows 58 total -- much above average -- out of 100 titles that were presented ending up with domestic rights acquired, most of them after their festival showings.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 13, 2013 2:06 PM
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Cannes Watch: Intriguing Portrait of a Teen Prostitute in Teaser Trailer for Francois Ozon's 'Young and Beautiful'

Check out this teaser trailer for French director Francois Ozon's latest, 'Young and Beautiful," which premieres in competition at Cannes on May 16. In the trailer, we see a nubile teen girl (played by Marine Vacth) entering a hotel room, while calmly discussing in voiceover her reasoning for becoming a prostitute.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 13, 2013 11:53 AM
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From Antonioni to Lynch, BAMcinematek Takes a Second Look at Films 'Booed at Cannes'

Wednesday, the BAMcinematek in Brooklyn kicks off a new series of films "Booed at Cannes," from David Lynch and Martin Scorsese to Antonioni and Fellini.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2013 1:09 PM
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Cannes Preview: Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska,' in Black-and-White (and Color?)

The first official image from "Nebraska," Alexander Payne's "The Descendants" follow-up starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. The film will compete for the Palme d'Or at Cannes later this month.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 3:18 PM
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Cannes-Bound FilmNation Expands with $50 Million Bank Infusion

Heading into the Cannes Film Festival market this May is FilmNation Entertainment, led by respected CEO Glen Basner. In just five years, the ex-Weinstein Co. exec has built FilmNation into a leading film sales and production company, and just raised a $50 million capital fusion with an equity-backed, revolving multi-bank credit facility with Bank Of America Merrill Lynch and Union Bank. The company has offices in New York and L.A. with about 28 employees.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2013 2:52 PM
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Cannes Posts Quinzaine Trailer (VIDEO)

The opening night of the Cannes' Director's Fortnight, or Quinzaine, is Ari Folman's "The Congress," a live-action-animated feature starring Robin Wright and Danny Huston (my interview with Folman is coming up). Check out the annual trailer for the two-week Cannes sidebar.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 7, 2013 1:19 PM
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Big Year Ahead for TWC's Festival Darling 'Fruitvale Station' (See New Poster)

The first poster for the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "Fruitvale Station" has been unveiled. TWC's indie drama has already proven to be a festival darling, as the film will screen in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar, before the film hits theaters July 12.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 1:11 PM
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Casting Watch: Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline Head to Paris for 'My Old Lady'

Protagonist Pictures announced today that Kevin Kline and Maggie Smith will star in the Paris-set dramedy "My Old Lady," the feature directorial debut of Israel Horovitz, who adapted the film from his play. Protagonist will take the film to international buyers at Cannes next week.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 7, 2013 12:30 PM
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