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Cannes 2011: What's Been Acquired From The Competition, One Month Later?

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire June 14, 2011 at 4:9AM

The 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicked off a little over a month ago, and its reputation for being a particularly sales-heavy edition of the fest continued today with Cinema Guild's acquisition of Grand Prix co-winner "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia". Of the 20 films that screened in official competition, 12 have now found homes with U.S. distributions. Of course, four of them - "The Tree of Life," "The Skin I Live In," "Melancholia" and "Drive" - had those homes heading into Cannes. But eight more have done so since the festival started, and it's very likely a few more will get picked up sooner or later. While not every film will find release Stateside, the strong reviews for Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," and the star power of "This Must Be The Place" (with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand) seem like strong factors in suggesting those two will join the club.
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The 2011 Cannes Film Festival kicked off a little over a month ago, and its reputation for being a particularly sales-heavy edition of the fest continued today with Cinema Guild's acquisition of Grand Prix co-winner "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia". Of the 20 films that screened in official competition, 12 have now found homes with U.S. distributions. Of course, four of them - "The Tree of Life," "The Skin I Live In," "Melancholia" and "Drive" - had those homes heading into Cannes. But eight more have done so since the festival started, and it's very likely a few more will get picked up sooner or later. While not every film will find release Stateside, the strong reviews for Aki Kaurismaki's "Le Havre," and the star power of "This Must Be The Place" (with Sean Penn and Frances McDormand) seem like strong factors in suggesting those two will join the club.

Below is a list of all the films that screened in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, divided into those that have been picked up for U.S. release, and those still looking to do so:

Rights Acquired For U.S. Distribution

"The Artist," directed by Michel Hazanavicius
Picked up by: The Weinstein Company
(film page) (review)

"Drive," directed by Nicolas Winding Refn
Picked up by: Film District
(film page) (review)

"Footnote," directed by Joseph Cedar
Picked up by: Sony Pictures Classics
(film page) (review)

"House of Tolerance," directed by Bertrand Bonello
Picked up by: Sundance Selects
(film page)

"The Kid With A Bike, directed by Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Picked up by: Sundance Selects
(film page) (review)

"Melancholia," directed by Lars Von Trier
Picked up by: Magnolia
(film page) (review)

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia," directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Picked up by: The Cinema Guild
(film page) (review)

"Polisse," directed by Maiwenn
Picked up by: Sundance Selects
(film page) (review)

"The Skin I Live In," directed by Pedro Almodovar
Picked up by: Sony Pictures Classics
(film page) (review)

"Sleeping Beauty," directed by Julia Leigh
Picked up by: Sundance Selects
(film page) (review)

"The Tree of Life," directed by Terrence Malick
Picked up by: Fox Searchlight
(film page) (review)

"We Need To Talk About Kevin," directed by Lynne Ramsay
Picked up by: Oscilloscope
(film page) (review)


Rights Still Available For U.S. Distribution

"Hanezu," directed by Naomi Kawase
(film page)

"Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai," directed by Takashi Miike
(film page) (review)

"Le Havre, directed by Aki Kaurismaki
(film page)(review)

"Michael," directed by Markus Schleinzer
(film page) (review)

"Pater, directed by Alain Cavalier
(film page)

"The Source," directed by Radu Mihaileanu
(film page)

"This Must Be The Place," directed by Paolo Sorrentino
(film page) (review)

"We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam)," directed by Nanni Moretti
(film page) (review)

This article is related to: Acquisitions, Cannes Film Festival, Le Havre