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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.
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 Ano Bisiesto directed by Michael Rowe (Mexico) Another Year directed by Mike Leigh (UK) Area 51 directed by Oren Peli (USA) L’Autre Monde aka Black Heaven by Gilles Marchand (France) Aurora directed by Cristi Puiu (Romania) The Beaver directed by Jodie Foster (USA) Biutiful by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu (Spain) Focus Features (IW). Confirmed. Wither Focus? We’ll see.Confirmed Fox Searchlight (IW) Not ready in time for Cannes. Tipped for Venice, Toronto 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. Home For Christmas by Hors-La-Loi aka Outside the Law by Rachid Bouchareb (France)The Housemaid by Im Sang-soo (Korea) Im Alter Von Ellen aka At Ellen’s Age by Pia Marais (Germany) The Match Factory (SI).
The Last Word by David Mackenzie (UK) Little White Lies aka Les Petits Mouchoirs by Guillaume Canet (France) Lope by Andrucha Waddington (Brazil, Spain) Love, Imagined aka Les Amours imaginaires by Xavier Dolan (Canada, France) Machete by Robert Rodriguez and Ethan Maniquis (USA) Marieke, Marieke by Meek’s Cutoff by Kelly Reichardt (USA) Memorias de mis putas tristes aka Memories of my Sad Whores by Henning Carlsen and Ricardo Del Rio (Mexico) Miral by Julian Schnabel (USA) Morgen by Marian Crisan (France, Hungary, Romania) Naufragio by Pedro Aguilera (Spain) Neds by Peter Mullan (UK) Wild Bunch (SI)
Fortissimo (IW) Pablo Larrain (Chile) Potiche by Francois Ozon (France) Prey by Antoine Blossier (France) Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time by Mike Newell (UK) The Princess Of Montpensier by Bertrand Tavernier (France) Studio Canal (SI) Confirmed
CoProduction Office (ion) Confirmed
Robin Hood by Ridley Scott. Opening Night Film Confirmed.
Le Roman de ma Femme aka The Novel of My Wife by Elzevir(ion) Federico Veiroj (Uruguay) Wall Street 2 by Oliver Stone (USA) The Way Back by Peter Weir (USA) What’s Wrong With Virginia? by Dustin Lance Black (USA) Womb by Benedek Fliegauf (France, Germany, Hungary) The Match Factory (SI) You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger by Woody Allen (Spain, USA) Zingaro Revisited by