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The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes

The Black Prince who walked the Red Carpet at Cannes Very little is known about Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Punjab with his capital at Lahore, who is said to have gifted the invaluable Koh-i-Noor diamond to Queen Victoria, while a young boy. Time and again, a lobby is raised in India to try and get it back from Britain, only to fizzle out. Dalip Singh remains an enigmatic figure, a missing chapter from India’s colonial history. All that is set to change with oncoming rel...

Women in Motion: Diane Kruger

Women in Motion by Kering concluded today their third edition, conversing with Women in the film business about their experience and their contribution to equal rights for women in the industry. The guest of today's talk was actress Diane Kruger, who spoke about being an actress in the US and Europe, the differences and the fight women are giving to get equal pay and equal treatment within the competitive industry.  Here's a video excerpt from the talk:  About Diane Kruge...

Hot from the trades - Unabomb

  Unabomb is a thriller starring Viggo Mortensen and has been sold to multiple countries, especially in Europe. IM Global was able to make deals all across Europe, selling to Germany (Tobis), France (Metropolitan), Italy (Eagle), Spain (TriPictures), Greece (Odeon), Benelux (Splendid), Scandinavia (Scanbox), and the Middle East (Salim Ramia). The film is directed by Robert Lorenz.    - Manette Asta SaveSave ...

Michel Franco on April's Daughters

  Interview and text: Martin I. Petrov    After receiving the Uncertain Regard award for After Lucia in 2012 and competing for the Palm D’or with Chronic in 2015, Mexican director Michel Franco returns in this year's festival with April’s daughters, a family drama starring Emma Suárez (Julieta).    A contemporary take on Mexican middle class, Franco writes and directs a story about a young 17 year old who drops out of school after an unexpec...

Industry in Focus - The Profession of Casting

  In a panel today at 11:00am in the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, international casting directors and other memebers of the industry discussed the qualities of a successful and effective casting director. They also discussed the evolution of casting in the industry as well as how best to collarborate with directors, actors, agents, and producers.  The panel included Richard Cook, Lisa Richards Agency, Ireland; Constance Domontoy, France; Jenny Jue, CSA, USA; Tusse...

Hot from the trades - Sony Obtains Worldwide Rights to Where Hands Touch

  In a deal made at Cannes, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) has aquired most of the worldwide rights for Amma Asante's Where Hands Touch from Protagonist Pictures. It is a multi-territory deal with Sony obtaining most worldwide rights, with the exception of certain European areas and Australia. It was negoitated by Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge and head of worldwide sales Vanessa Saal with SPWA's Joe Matukewicz executive vp acquisitions and Michael Helfand, executive...

Virtual Reality Sweeps Cannes Marché

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Hot from the trades - Under the Eiffel Tower

VEEP actor Matt Walsh will star in a romantic comedy alongside French actress Judith Godreche. Archie Borders is the director and one of the writers, the other being David Henry. The film begins with a bourbon salesman (Walsh) approaching his 50s, who proposes to his best friend's daughter underneath the Eiffel Tower, where he is rejected. The Orchard obtained worldwide rights in a deal that closed at Cannes.  - Manette Asta ...

Jesse Eisenberg to star in Resistance

  Jesse Eisenberg will play the legendary mime Marcel Marceau in upcoming film Resistance. The film will focus on Marcel Marceau's involvement in the French resistance during World War II and how he learned to mime to survive and to save Jewish orphans. The film will be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz with a screenplay that he also wrote.  - Manette Asta ...

Wonderful and Imaginary Film Festival Cocktail Party

The Wonderful and Imaginary Film Festival founded by Benedicte Beaugeois will be hosting a cocktail party at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater film pavilion today, May 20th from 17h to 19h! A unique festival, celebrating many things such as wonder, dreams, imagination, magic, fables, fairy tales, poetry, mystical and legendary, and so much more. It brings a different feel to the Cannes Film Festival with the light-heartedness of the event, and it will allow you to open your mind to more extr...

Vanessa Redgrave's Sea Sorrow

With the recent Refugee Crisis sweeping the world, several questions have been raised. What is the purpose of taking refugees? How will countries provide for them? Why should we care about situations that are thousands of miles away? These are the questions addressed in Vanessa Redgrave’s Sea Sorrow. Redgrave made an appearance at her showing with her son and Lord Alfred Dubs. Redgrave and Dubs prefaced the film screening by stating that Europe is in trouble, “if one life is saved ...

Moschino & Cara Delevingne celebrate at Plage Magnum

Cara Delevigne joined forces with Moschino's Jeremy Scott to create a special limited edition summer bag series with ice-cream giant Magnum. To celebrate the launch they through a party at the Plage Magnum last night in Cannes, giving extra glamour to the Cannes Film Festival and inviting a great deal of French media, photographers and festival industry attendees.  The make you own ice-cream stand and inspired summer cocktails brought great vibe to the beach club, hosting exclusive e...

Hot from the trades - ANIMAL CRACKERS

Arclight Films has brought 'Animal Crackers' to Cannes and has garnered much acclaim and made major sales in key territories, such as U.K. and Canada (eOne), Latin America (Imagem), the Philippines (Captive Entertainment), the Middle East (ECS), Bulgaria (A Plus), and many others. The film, directed by Tony Bancroft and Scott Christan Sava, is about a family who must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a rundown circus from being taken over by their evil uncle, Horat...

Cannes apologizes for technical malfunction for Okja showing

  Netflix's first press showing of Okja, was interupted due to a technical difficulty; the film was misframed on the big screen and the international press started to boo before the film was stopped. They were able to set up the film properly and continue with the showing and Cannes has apologized for the technical malfunction, but by then the audience had formed a hostile environment. Netflix's presence at this year's festival has sparked an interesting debate wit...

Hot from the trades - A24 and Uncut Gems

A24 has acquired the worldwide rights to brothers Benny and Josh Safdie's next film Uncut Gems. The screenplay is written by the brothers and Ronald Bronstein and is set in New York's diamond district. The film will star Jonah Hill as Howard Ratner. The film is currently in pre-production.  - Manette Asta ...

Hot from the trades - Lionsgate picks up rights to Monster Hunt 2

  Lionsgate has obtained the rights to Monster Hunt 2 in the US and the UK. Monster Hunt 2 is the sequel to the immensely successful 2015 Chinese blockbuster Monster Hunt. It was China's highest-grossing film ever, earning $382 million at the box office. While its reception to english-speaking audiences was fairly subdued, the sequel is still highly anticipated, featuring a returning cast (Bailhe Bai and Boran Jing) along with a new face Tony Leung Chiu-Wa...

Robin Wright: Women in Film

Text and photos: Martin I. Petrov  While the world is in expectation of the new House of Cards season, coming on Netflix at the end of May, Robin Wright attended the very first Women in Film talk presented by Kering and Variety, in advance of the premiere of her short film The Dark of Night, at the opening of Cannes Classics tonight at 8 pm at the Bunuel Theatre.  The American actress, producer and director spoke about the empowering change for women in the film industry, about her...

Cannes 2017: Jury Press Conference

The 70th edition of the festival kicks off tonight with Ismael's Ghosts by Arnaud Desplechin starring Mathieu Amalric and Marion Cotillard.  Earlier today the International Jury priseided by Pedro Almodovar gave their press conference in advance of watching all films in competition and awarding the prestigious Palme D' Or on May 28th.  Along with Pedro Almodovar, co-jurors Jessica Chastain (actress), Maren Ade (director), Fan Bingbing (actress, producer), Agnes Jaoui (act...

Clubbable App hits Cannes with a beach launch party

  The Clubbable app is finally coming to the most exclusive and prestigious film festival, following its success in London, where partygoers use the app to access all VIP lounges and exclusive events in the UK capital.  Designed in Sweden, the app is developed to connect party venues with customers who want to get access  promos, VIP experiences and attend exclusive events.  To launch their presence in Cannes, Clubbable is throwing the ultimate beach party on the 19th of...

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics

Movie memories, by Siraj Syed—Fahrenheit 9/11(2004): Burning topics Fahrenheit 9/11 was released on DVD and VHS videotape on October 5, 2004, which is when I must have acquired my copy. Within a few days, the film broke records for the highest-selling documentary ever. About two million copies were sold/rented on the first day. A companion book too was released, The Official Fahrenheit 9/11 Reader, containing the complete screenplay, maker Michael Moore's sources, audience e-mails ...

La Semaine de la Critique unveils the poster of its 56th edition

Oldest among the parallel sections in Cannes and driven by its mission to reveal new Talents by selecting first and second films, La Semaine de la Critique chose to spotlight for its 56th edition the magical and emotional moment when a film crew meets the very first audiences. On this poster designed by the Parisian agency les bons faiseurs and the photographer Alice Khol, the young actress Garance Marillier embraces director Julia Ducournau after the screening of her debut feature, Raw, sel...

Monica Bellucci selected as Mistress of Ceremonies in Cannes 2017

    Monica Bellucci © Tiziana Fabi / AFP     On the invitation of the Festival de Cannes, the Italian actress Monica Bellucci has agreed to play the role of Mistress of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 70th Festival de Cannes to be held from 17 to 28 May 2017, under the presidency of Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.   Monica Bellucci's friendship with the Festival de Cannes goes back a long way: in 2000, she walked up the st...

Animation Day In Cannes - 1 st catalog of Animation in Cannes

ANIMATION DAY IN CANNES CATALOG ATTENDING CANNES WITH ANIMATION? EAGER TO GET MORE VISIBILITY IN THE N°1 FESTIVAL / MARKET? List in the catalog your animation titles in Cannes: shorts, features, work in progress, scripts.   We will build with your entry in our online bumper issue of animation in Cannes and offer strong promotion and visibility in front of the gathered industry key players (buyers, media and fellow producers...). LISTING IS RESERVED TO FILMMAKERS ATTENDING C...

Remembering the worst radioactive accidents in cinema

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INTERNATIONAL URANIUM FILM FESTIVAL - THE ATOMIC AGE CINEMA FEST IN BERLIN - OCTOBER 11 - 15, 2017   Victims of radioactive contamination are the main theme of the International Uranium Film Festival 2017. „We want to remember especially Brazils worst but forgotten radioactive accident that happened exactly 30 years ago in September 1987“, says Uranium Film Festival director Norbert G. Suchanek. Two young scavengers found a radiation therapy devi...

ATOMIC BOMB FILMS IN BERLIN 2016 - FOUR HIGHLIGHTS

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During 5 days - from September 28th to October 2nd - the International Uranium Film Festival screened in Berlin's KulturBrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg 22 atomic films from 10 countries in the presence of the filmmakers.    This year in Berlin the Algerian film director Larbi Benchiha(link is external) presented his new documentary "Greetings from Mururoa"(link is external) (Bons baisers de Moruroa) that moved the audience. "No...
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