DAILY NEWS: Goldwyn Gets Tatou Film, Florida Fest Lineup and Gothams
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Goldwyn Goes for "He Loves Me"
(indieWIRE: 06.05.02) -- Samuel Goldwyn has acquired "He Loves Me, He Loves
Me Not," in a deal that was initiated at this year's American Film Market. The
film, directed by first-timer Laetitia Colombani, stars Audrey Tatou
("Amelie") as an artist in love with a married cardiologist. It is set for
release early next year.
"Audrey Tatou's performance is mesmerizing," commented Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
in a prepared statement. "I'm certain that American audiences will love this film."
Goldwyn's Meyer Gottleib and Tom Quinn negotiated the deal with TF1's Perrine Teze. The movie was produced by Dominique Brunner and Charles Gassot.
Upcoming Goldwyn releases include "Me Without You" (with Fireworks Pictures), "Little Secrets," "Das Experiment," and "The Man from Elysian Fields" (with Fireworks Pictures). The company acquired "Long Way Home" (with Fireworks Pictures) at last month's Cannes Film Festival. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> The Florida Film Festival Kicks Off 10-Day Event with "Sunshine State"
(indieWIRE: 06.05.02) -- The Florida Film Festival will open with the East Coast
premiere of John Sayles' "Sunshine State" kicking off 10 days of American and international film screenings in Orlando. "Sunshine State" is, fittingly, set
in Florida starring Angela Bassett ("Lone Star") and Edie Falco ("The Sopranos") in a story of gambling, cheating, show business, and money. The feature will be preceded by short "The Comeback" starring Samuel L. Jackson.
The event, which opens this Friday and continues through June 16, includes
several sidebars and a special screenings series. "Biggie and Tupac," the doc
about the slain rap artists by Nick Broomfield, will make its East Coast
premiere in the festival's Spotlight Films section. Other film festival
favorites making their Florida or East Coast premieres include "The Dangerous
Lives of Altar Boys" by Peter Care, "The Emperor's New Clothes" by Alan Taylor, "The Last Kiss" by Gabriele Muccino, and "Read My Lips" by Jacques Audiard, among those screening in the sidebar.
Herschell Gordon Lewis' "Blood Feast 2" (North American premiere) and the East Coast premiere of Hong Kong/Japanese film "Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky" by Lan Nai Kai are among the films taking part in the festival's Midnight Features series. FFF also has a slew of shorts for its Midnight Shorts section featuring
films from the U.S. and abroad such as the world premieres of "Die Like a Man"
by Jarl Olsen and "Five Fucking Fables" by Signe Baumane. Additionally, the festival will host a Music Sidebar featuring the East Coast premiere of AJ Schnack's "Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns" and Tom Collins' "Teenage Kicks -- The Undertones." "Under Ground Zero," a September 11 tribute by the Underground Zero Collective will take part in the Special Screenings series that includes "family films," Italian cinema, and other work from around the
The Florida Film Festival was founded by Philip and Sigrid Tiedtke in 1992 and is produced by the Enzian Theater, central Florida's only full-time nonprofit
cinema. Enzian also hosts Jewish, South Asian and children's festivals in
addition to a statewide filmmakers event. [Brian Brooks]
>> Gotham Awards Taking Shape
(indieWIRE: 06.05.02) -- Director Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,""The Wedding Banquet") and United Artists president Bingham Ray have been named recipients of this year's lifetime achievement awards at the 2002 Gotham Awards in New York.
Set for September 29 in Manhattan, the ceremony will also honor Julianne Moore,
who has been tapped to receive the IFP Gotham Actor Award. [Eugene Hernandez]
>> TUESDAY IN indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Cowboy's "Love," New "Squeezebox" Doc and Sundance Channel Doc Deal
(indieWIRE: 06.04.02) -- TCowboy Pictures has acquired North American rights
to "Toy Love," the new comedy from New Zealand director Harry Sinclair; While
their friends were networking in the Hamptons or sunning themselves in
Provincetown this Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of New Yorkers who had
stayed behind celebrated the second anniversary of Motherfucker where a
group of filmmakers sneak previewed a trailer of their film about a past
downtown nightspot titled, "Squeezebox, the Movie," the work-in-progress
doc features footage from last year's final Friday night at a club that
launched Hedwig & the Angry Inch and the Toilet Boys, among others; And,
the Sundance Channel has acquired U.S. pay television rights to Natalia
Almada's award-winning documentary short, "All Water Has a Perfect Memory."
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