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I love getting IndieWire’s Cannes Wish List. IndieWire’s commentary on each film is interesting in and of itself. I find myself remarking “I didn’t know that!” at every other entry. My former Tipped for Cannes Report (when FilmFinders was my company) was one of my most popular reports because film buyers and programmers could immediately hone in on their targets. So, in keeping with tradition, I pulled together the list Screen International (SI) and blogger ion (he did a lot of research for this!) published in February just after the Berlinale and am now going to compare it with IW’s. My links for the title are to IMDbPro and for the contact either to the seller (ISA=International Sales Agent) or the producer.
After this, I will track which of these land in Cannes, which in Toronto, Venice, etc.; which get acquired by whom (to be gathered together in the Rights Roundup after Cannes and kept current until Toronto). Titles on the IW list take precedence and to them I have only added titles they did not list. Wild Bunch has the most contenders of all, followed by The Match Factory,and Celluloid Dreams’ lack of films is surprising.
Why do we all love lists so much? Do we ever remember what’s on them? Do we really care? After compiling lists, then we compare lists and then we list winners from the list and then we go back to the roots of the project and track those entities claiming to be first to have spotted the titles. Can we make a living doing this? Let’s see…
To start with IndieWire:
With just over two weeks until the expected announcement of the Cannes Film Festival lineup on April 15th, speculation surrounding the 2010 roster is intensifying. indieWIRE picked 40 films to consider right now. Cannes is a sort of annual cinematic Olympics, with countless countries vying for spots in the official selection. Already announced is Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” as a big studio opener for this year’s fest, while earlier this week Anne Thompson said that insiders should keep an eye on Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2,” Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” and Woody Allen’s latest, “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger.” The festival sets the tone for the year in cinema, paving the way for the lineups of numerous other fall film fests and elevating a few titles to annual Oscar consideration. Conversely, some films may play poorly with the thousands of often-finicky international critics and then fight an uphill battle with some audiences.
Movies on this list that don’t get a spot in Cannes will immediately become hot topics for a fall fest berth in Venice and/or Toronto. So, let the games begin.
13 directed by Gela Babluani, (US) Paramount Vantage (SI). Paramount Vantage is still in business? International or domestic. I could call over to Joe Matukewitz and ask, but I’ll let someone else do it. Is Matt Brodlie still SVP, Co-Productions & Acquisitions? I think so, but what aside from the $1,000,000 to make 10 low budget films (like Paranormal Activity) are they acquiring? I wonder how Ondine is fariing. 101st film (Untitled) directed by Im Kwon-taek (Korea) (SI). 101 films!!! How old is he? The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster (USA) Summit Int’l (IW). Everytime I drive by Summit Drive on my way over Benedict Canyon I think of Patrick’s party during a rainy AFM at his house. He is the Summit of the international business. With a very few others…good to see. His father would be proud too.
Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Spain) Focus Features (IW). Confirmed. Wither Focus? We’ll see.Confirmed
Le Bruit des glaçons aka The Clink of Ice by Bertrand Blier (France) Wild Bunch (SI). So many films in the festivals and remains wild. Hope they give their annual dinner this year. I love seeing people there.
Certified Copy by Abbas Kiarostami (France) MK2 (SI) Confirmed
Chanda’s Secrets by Oliver Stoltz (Germany) (SI). Likewise.
Chongqing Blues from Wang Xiaoshuai (China) Films Distribution (SL). Likewise Films Distribution though this is an unknown film. Confirmed
Crazy Horse by Frederick Wiseman (US) Celluloid Dreams (ion). It seems quiet at Celluloid Dreams though I am crazy about The Auteurs and think Hengameh is one of the most daring and innovative of the sales agents. D’amour et d’eau fraiche aka Living on Love Alone by Isabelle Czajka (France) Bac (SI). The French international sales agents all have that “je ne sais quoi” which defines their superb taste and style. So far Isabelle Czajka and Jodie Foster are the only females represented, but we’re only in the Ds.
Die Komenden Tage aka The Days To Come by Lars Kraume (Germany) Badlands Film (SI). Produced by the venerable UFA Studio, the lives of a middle-class Berlin family unfold from the present day into a realistic near future, a time of great uncertainty and change as siblings deal with their hopes and fears as they face their future in a destabilised world.
Eagle Of The Ninth by Kevin Macdonald (UK) Focus Features (SI)
The Exodus — The Fortress: Burnt By The Sun 2 by Nikita Mikhalkov (Russia) Wild Bunch (SI) Confirmed
Faust by Aleksandr Sokurov (Russia) (ion)(/strike) Habitacion en Rome aka Room in Rome by Julio Medem (Spain) Wild Bunch (IW) Hereafter by Clint Eastwood (USA) Warner Bros. (IW) Im Alter Von Ellen aka At Ellen’s Age by Pia Marais (Germany) The Match Factory (SI).
Kaboom by Gregg Araki (USA) Wild Bunch (IW) Confirmed
Neds by Peter Mullan (UK) Wild Bunch (SI)
Nostalgia de la luz by Patricio Guzman (Chile) Pyramide Int’l (SI) Confirmed
Of Gods & Men by Xavier Beauvois (Algeria, France) Wild Bunch (SI) Confirmed
The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier (France) Studio Canal (SI) Confirmed
Rebecca H. by Lodge Kerrigan (USA) Wild Bunch (ion) Confirmed
The Revenge aka Civilization by Susanne Bier (Denmark) Trust Nordisk (IW)
Robin Hood by Ridley Scott. Opening Night Film Confirmed.
Route Irish by Ken Loach (UK) (ion) Tipped for Venice. a href=”http://pro.imdb.com/title/tt0376136/>The Rum Diary by Bruce Robinson (USA) GK Films (IW) Shrek Goes Fourth by Mike Mitchell (USA) Paramount (ion)
Film Socialisme by Jean Luc Godard (France) Wild Bunch (IW) Confirmed
Somewhere by Sofia Coppola (USA) Focus Features (IW) Svinalangorna by Pernilla August (Sweden) Trust Nordisk (ion) Three by Tom Tykwer (Germany) The Match Factory (IW) Toy Story 3 by Lee Unkrich (USA) Disney (IW) The Turin Horse by Bela Tarr (France, Germany, Hungary) Fortissimo (IW) Womb by Benedek Fliegauf (France, Germany, Hungary) The Match Factory (SI) The Woman Who Dreamed Of A Man by Per Fly (Denmark, Norway, Sweden) Trust Nordisk (SI)