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CANNES 2001: More Cannes Deals; Newport Lineup; Method Fest Plans; and the Castro Renovation

CANNES 2001: More Cannes Deals; Newport Lineup; Method Fest Plans; and the Castro Renovation

CANNES 2001: More Cannes Deals; Newport Lineup; Method Fest Plans; and the Castro Renovation

by Eugene Hernandez and Anthony Kaufman/indieWIRE

>> CANNES 2001: Festival is Over, But Dealmaking Continues; Trio of Cannes Films Acquired

(indieWIRE/05.22.01) — Execs and festival-goers returning from Cannes
yesterday (Monday) may have missed the news, but three more Festival
competition films have apparently found a home.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired Jacques Rivette‘s “Va Savoir,” according to trade reports Monday. The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Sony made the deal with Celluloid Dreams.

In other deals, Paramount Classics nabbed Raoul Ruiz‘ Cannes closing night film, “Les Ames Fortes,” according to yesterday’s Hollywood Reporter. Also,
Jean-Luc Godard‘s “Eloge de l’Amour” was acquired by Manhattan Pictures, according to the Hollywood trade publication. A company exec would neither confirm nor deny the Godard deal in a conversation with indieWIRE yesterday.
[Eugene Hernandez]

>> Newport International Opens “Closet,” Closes with “Party”

(indieWIRE/05.22.01) — The 4th Newport International Film Festival (June
5-10) will open with Francis Veber‘s “The Closet” and close with Jennifer
Jason Leigh
and Alan Cumming‘s digital debut “The Anniversary Party,” the festival announced yesterday.

Newport’s narrative feature competition is an eclectic mix of international
entries, including the world premiere of Joe Furey‘s “Love and Support
(U.S.), the North American premieres of Harata Marada‘s Berlin entry
Inugami” (Japan) and Assaf Bernstein‘s “Run” (Israel), and such notable foreign festival favorites as Anne-Sophie Birot‘s “Girls Can’t Swim
(France) and Lukas Moodysson‘s “Together” (Sweden). In addition to Furey’s film, other U.S. competitors include Joel Hopkin‘s “Jump Tomorrow,” Peter Callahan‘s “Last Ball,” and David Wain‘s “Wet Hot American Summer.”

10 films will also vie for attention in the festival’s documentary
competition. World premieres include John Walter‘s “How to Draw a Bunny” (U.S.) about the mysterious death of artist Ray Johnson, and Ian Darling‘s “Woodstock for Capitalists” (Australia) about the cult of financial guru
Warren Buffet. Other notable entries include recent Doubletake winners,
Stephen Ives‘s “Amato” (U.S.) and Marie De Laubier‘s “Avant de Partir” (France), and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” director Mel Stuart‘s non-fiction foray “Running on the Sun.”

Newport has also nabbed an impressive round of special screenings, including
the world premiere of Billy Bob Thornton‘s family comedy “Daddy and Them,” the U.S. premiere of Spike Lee‘s “A Huey P. Newton Story,” East Coast
premieres like Bill Plympton‘s “Mutant Aliens” and Michael Corrente‘s “Shot at Glory,” and the premieres of two new episodes from “Six Feet Under,” “American Beauty” scribe Alan Ball‘s anticipated new HBO series which is profiled in this week’s New Yorker magazine. A music sidebar will also screen the world premiere of Gillian Grisman‘s Jerry Garcia doc, “Grateful Dawg.” [Anthony Kaufman]

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>> Method Fest Brandishes “Bully” World Premiere

(indieWIRE/05.22.01) — Larry Clark‘s latest film “Bully” will have its
world premiere at the Los Angeles-based Method Independent Film Festival. To
be released by Lions Gate this summer, “Bully” tales the true tale of Bobby
, a teen bully who was murdered by his friends in suburban Florida. Now
in its third year, The Method Fest, named after the renowned school of
acting founded by Lee Strasberg and the only U.S. film festival devoted to
the actor, runs from June 15-22, and will feature a number of other
independent world premieres. The festival closes with the Los Angeles
premiere of Alfonso Albacete and David Menkes‘ Spanish film “Sobrevivire” (“I Will Survive”). [Anthony Kaufman]

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>> SF’s Castro Theater Set for Restoration

(indieWIRE/05.22.01) — The last continuously operating movie palace in San
Francisco — the Castro Theater — will be restored nearly 80 years after it
opened. The recently formed Castro Foundation, founded by Tom Rielly (also founder of PlanetOut), will make the announcement today.

Located in the city’s predominantly gay and lesbian Castro District, the
theater is a home to many film festivals in San Francisco. The San Francisco
International Film Festival
, the Jewish Film Festival, the San Francisco
International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival
, and the San Francisco Silent Film
, are among the events that call the venue their home.

“The Castro Theatre is the secular cathedral and anchor of our
neighborhood, as well as a citywide cultural venue,” Rielly said in a
prepared statement. “It’s time for the community, gay and straight alike, to
work with the Nasser family to return the Castro Theatre to its original
opening night splendor.” [Eugene Hernandez]

>> MONDAY in indieWIRE DAILY NEWS: Moretti’s “La Stanza Del Figlio” Takes the Palme d’Or, While “La Pianiste” Wins Three and Coen and Lynch Tie for Best Director

(indieWIRE/05.21.01) — The winners of the 2001 Cannes Film Festival were
announced Sunday night in France. A complete list of winners is available
here at indieWIRE.com.


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