DAILY NEWS: Biz Buzz from the Croisette: "Long Way Home" and "Roger Dodger" Acquired; "Le Cercle Rouge" Coming to America via Cannes
with articles by Eugene Hernandez and Matthew Ross/indieWIRE
>> CANNES 2002: "Long Way Home," Peter Sollett's First Feature, Acquired by Samuel Goldwyn & Fireworks; Follow-Up to "Five Feet High and Rising" Nabbed Days Before Un Certain Regard Debut
(indieWIRE: 05.23.02) -- Biz attendees were buzzing earlier this week in
Cannes following two market screenings of one of the few American indies at
this year's festival, Peter Sollett's Un Certain Regard feature "Long Way
Home." Samuel Goldwyn and Fireworks beat other distributors to the punch Wednesday to acquire the picture, according to sources in Cannes. The deal
is to be announced imminently by sales agents Wild Bunch.
The movie, which won't have its debut until Saturday (it had two market
screenings earlier this week and a press screening is set for Friday), is a
feature-length adaptation of Sollett's acclaimed short, "Five Feet High and
Rising." Sollett's NYU thesis film, "Five Feet," not only won the Sundance
2000 Jury Prize but also nabbed the Cinefondation prize at Cannes the same
Sollett, who also wrote and produced the film (from a story that he wrote
with Eva Vives) attended the Sundance Screenwriters Lab in 2001 and made the movie with the support of La Cinefondation and the Residence du Festival de Cannes. The movie, shot by Tim Orr ("George Washington") is a Studio Canal
production in association with Forensic Films.
Set on the streets of New York City's Lower East Side during a hot summer,
the film stars Victor Rasuk as the teenager, Victor, at the heart of the
story. "Even though he lives at home with his younger brother, sister, and
grandmother, he still imagines himself the greatest ladies man his
neighborhood has ever seen," reads the Cannes festival description of the
"Long Way Home" was produced by Robin O'Hara and Scott Macaulay of Forensic, along with Allain de la Mata. The executive producer is Vincent Maraval. Associate producer Jean-Michel Dissard repped Sollett's short, securing distribution for the picture via a number of outlets.
The feature was shot in New York late last summer, a production that was
interrupted by the tragedy of September 11. With only five days left of
their 27-day shoot, the filmmakers were forced to halt production, with many
of the crew joining the bucket brigade recovery effort at Ground Zero as
they awaited a permit to complete principal photography.
Samuel Goldwyn and Fireworks releases are handled by IDP, a joint
distribution outfit that has also released "Tortilla Soup," Christine
Jeffs' "Rain" and Henry Bean's "The Believer," among other films. [Eugene Hernandez in New York, with reporting by Stephen Garrett in Cannes]
>> CANNES 2002: Artisan Says "Roger Dodger" to Tribeca Fest Winner
(indieWIRE: 05.23.02) -- At the Cannes Market, Artisan Pictures has acquired the North American
distribution rights to "Roger Dodger," writer/director Dylan Kidd's debut
feature. The film was recently honored with the best narrative feature award
at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival and will be added to Artisan's
theatrical slate timed for a late fall 2002 release to capitalize on awards
season consideration. The deal was negotiated at the Cannes Film Festival.
Starring Campbell Scott, Isabella Rossellini, Jennifer Beals, Elizabeth Berkley, and Jesse Eisenberg, the film tells the story of a womanizing ad executive who takes his teenage nephew out for a night on the town in New York in order to show him the ways of the world, and in the process
discovers a newly earned respect for women. Kidd produced the film along
with Anne Chaisson and George VanBuskirk, president of Holedigger Films. Campbell Scott, David Newman, and Martin Garvey served as executive producers.
"This is a film that Artisan Entertainment CEO Amir Malin, Rachel Cohen
[artisan senior VP of acquisitions] and I fell in love with upon our first
viewing," said Artisan executive VP Patrick Gunn. "In addition to being very
funny and receiving the Tribeca Film Festival accolade, Dylan Kidd's work is
supported by great performances and a setting that we feel will strike a
chord with audiences."
Malin and Gunn negotiated an agreement with the film's representative
throughout Tuesday night and concluded a deal on behalf of Artisan. Andrew
Hurwitz of the firm of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein, LLP
represented the film's financiers, Holedigger Films, as well as the
filmmaker in the negotiations. Artisan Pictures acquisitions coordinator
Tamara Lecker was the first to identify "Roger Dodger" for the studio.
[Matthew Ross in New York]
>> CANNES 2002: Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge" Coming to America
(indieWIRE: 05.22.02) -- Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Cercle Rouge," screening tomorrow in Cannes in a restored form, will be coming to America, opening with a limited theatrical run at New York's Film Forum. Rialto Pictures plans to release the film in the fall. Described as the "godfather
of the French New Wave," Melville is known for his films "Bob le Flambeur,"
"Le Samourai," and "Les Enfants Terribles," among others.
"Le Cercle," which has been restored to a 140-minute director's cut, will be
seen for the first time in the United States. A previous release was dubbed
and shortened. The movie stars Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Francois Perier, and Gian Maria Volonte.
In a Film Forum announcement, the 1970 film is described as "the summation
of Melville's fascination with the gangster genre, riffing on his earlier
work and paying tribute to the grandfather of all heist films, Jules
Dassin's 'Rififi,' with a silent jewel robbery in Paris' ultra-chic Place
Vendome." [Eugene Hernandez in New York]
>> WEDNESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Miramax Marketers in Cannes; Showtime Gets Cannes Shorts; HBO Unveils 9/11 Doc and Palm Picks Up a "Killer"
(indieWIRE: 05.22.02) -- Journalists in Cannes were whipped into a media
feeding frenzy on Monday when Martin Scorsese unveiled selected scenes from
his upcoming Christmas release, "Gangs of New York." What was really nothing
more than a 20-minute show reel became the subject of unprecedented pomp and
circumstance, as the festival gave the black-tie, red-carpet treatment to
Scorsese, producer Harvey Weinstein, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Cameron
Diaz; Showtime has acquired a series of shorts, by the acclaimed auteurs,
collectively dubbed "Ten Minutes Older"; HBO unveiled its anticipated
September 11 documentary on Monday night in New York City during a special
screening at Lincoln Center's New York State Theater. The film is dubbed
"In Memoriam New York City 9/11/01," And, Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures
picked up North American distribution rights to the Hong Kong hit and Cannes
market film, "Fulltime Killer."
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