DAILY NEWS: Cannes Lineup Announced; British "Mail" Set; Italy's Donatello Awards; Cleveland Fest and IFILM Exec
by Eugene Hernandez, Anthony Kaufman and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Cannes Competition Goes Homegrown; French-Language Lead with Six
(indieWIRE/04.19.01) — Francophiles have something to celebrate: the 54th
International Festival du Film announced its lineup today and this year’s
competition weighs heavily with French titles. New French fare includes
the long-awaited new film from Jean-Luc Godard, “Eloge de l’Amour“; veteran Jacques Rivette‘s “Va Savoir“; from “L’Ennui” director Cedric Kahn comes “Roberto Succo“; Francois Dupeyron‘s “La Chambre Des Officiers“; Austrian director Michael Haneke‘s French-language, “La Pianiste“; and the sole woman director in this year’s lineup, “The New Eve” director Catherine Corsini, with “La Repetition.” Frequent Cannes attendees Claire Denis and Raoul Ruiz will unveil their latest pictures out of competition, as well.
U.S. entries lean towards studio fare with opener “Moulin Rouge” by
Baz Luhrmann (20th Century Fox); Victoria Jensen and Andrew Adamson‘s animated “Shrek” (Dreamworks), Sean Penn‘s “The Pledge” (Warner Brothers), the Coen brother’s “The Man Who Wasn’t There” (USA Films), and David Lynch‘s abandoned TV pilot, “Mulholland Drive.”
Asian notables in this year’s lineup include new films from Kore-eda
Hirokazu, Shinji Aoyama, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Shohei Imamura, and Tsai Ming-liang.
Festival organizers announced other Cannes films at today’s Paris press
conference, including the Un Certain Regard film, shorts and special
screenings. The complete list is available at indieWIRE.com.
[We will publish a full report on the Cannes lineup
tomorrow in indieWIRE.]
Links to the complete Cannes lineup follow:
>> Maguire to Direct “Mail” for FilmFour and Archer Street
(indieWIRE/04.19.01) — On the heels of the succcessful debut of Sharon
Maguire‘s “Bridget Jones Diary,” FilmFour Ltd. has announced the that it will join forces with the UK production company, Archer Street, for
Maguire’s new film, “Mail.” The movie is based on Mameve Medwed‘s novel and the script for the romantic comedy is being adapted by playwright
“This is a perfect film for Sharon. It’s a romantic comedy with a twist and
she has an instinctive understanding that comedy only works if you really
care about the characters,” commented Archer Street’s Andy Paterson in a
prepared statement. “We are thrilled to cement our longstanding relationship
with her and to be working again with the FilmFour team.”
Archer Street, known for “Hilary and Jackie,” is run by Andy Paterson, Anand Tucker and Frank Cottrell Boyce. Among their projects are “The Railway Man” for Intermedia and “Gambit” for Universal. The company rececntly finished shooting Agust Gudmundsson‘s “The Seagull’s Laughter” and will shoot Peter Webber‘s “Wanted” in Germany this fall. Finally, Archer recently announced the acquisition of Jonathan Burnham Schwartz‘ novel “Reservation Road,” for a film to be directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (“Better Than Sex“). [Eugene Hernandez]
>> At Italy’s Donatello Awards, Moretti, “Hundred Steps,” and Muccino Win Big
(indieWIRE/04.19.01) — After suffering from a lack of sure fire hits and
energized new directors in the late 1990s, Italy’s film business appears to
be poised for a come back. At the recent David di Donatello awards (Italy’s
equivalent of the Academy Awards), a number of local box office successes
garnered awards and momentum for the Italian industry. Winning the award for
Best Film was Nanni Moretti‘s “The Son’s Room,” which looks to be heading for Cannes 2001; the film also picked up awards for Best Actress and Best
Music. Other big winners included 2000 Venice Film Festival entry “The
Hundred Steps,” directed by Marco Tullio Giordana, which took home five
awards, and Gabriele Muccino‘s “The Last Kiss,” which also won five awards, including Best Director. Another director to watch out for is Alex
Infascelli, winner of the Best New Director prize, who is heading to Cannes’
Critics Week sidebar with his thriller “Almost Blue.”
At the awards for last year’s Venice Film Festival, Festival director
Alberto Barbera commented, “One of the things most people complained about
was the hole between our Italian cinema and our society. So it seems that
our Italian authors may have found a language to fill that gap.” [Anthony
[For a full list of winners, go to the Donatello’s website:
>> “Big Eden” Wins Cleveland Festival
(indieWIRE/04.19.01) — Thomas Bezucha‘s “Big Eden” won the Roxanne T.
Mueller Award for Best Feature Film in the recently completed 25th Cleveland
International Film Festival. Scoring increased interest in the Festival,
which is the signature event of the Cleveland Film Society, the 11-day fest
included 78 feature films and 75 shorts from 35 countries. Other award
winners include well-known local film and video maker Robert C. Banks, Jr.,
recipient of the Midwest Independent Filmmaker of the Year Award and Randy
Bell and Justin Rice who took home the Best Documentary Short Film award for “Look Back, Don’t Look Back.” “Shadows” by Mitch Levine garnered the Humanitarian Award.
The Festival included numerous special events such as a panel discussing the
topic of homosexuality with “Trembling Before G-D” director Sandi Simcha
DuBowski and Rabbi Steven Greenberg. Greenberg appeared in the documentary which explores closeted Jewish Orthodox gays. The Cleveland Film Society is a non-profit organization advocating for film arts in Northeastern Ohio.
>> Voci Joins IFILM as Exec VP
(indieWIRE/04.19.01) — Frank Voci, a former exec at CNET, is joining IFILM in the newly created position of Executive Vice President, IFILM Network.
Voci will oversee the creative, editorial, programming and production
aspects of the company.
“Frank was a key architect behind some of the Internet’s greatest brands and
success stories. His insight and management abilities will be invaluable as
we continue to develop IFILM into the category leader,” commented CEO Kevin
Wendle in a prepared statement. [Eugene Hernandez]