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Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

Cannes Update: Weinstein Co. Closing in on The Artist

Thompson on Hollywood

On the acquisition front, Harvey Weinstein is on the case. In advance of Cannes, he’s trying to persuade producers and sellers to show him movies in advance so he can get ahead of his competitors. IFC was in Paris taking advance meetings. Cannes screenings start Wednesday.

One movie the Weinstein Co. got a gander at and is chasing hard–which is being sold by Vincent Maraval’s WIld Bunch–is the last addition to the Cannes Fest competition, Michel Hazanavicius’s black-and-white English-language French production The Artist, which debuts Sunday May 15. No deal has been confirmed.

Wild Bunch is repping films from Ken Loach, Abel Ferrara and Nicolas Winding Refn, whose Drive is a hotly anticipated title to be released by FilmDistrict stateside.

Set in Hollywood in 1927, George Valentine (Jean Dujardin) is a silent film icon trying to cope with the love of his chosen artform vs. the arrival of talking pictures. Bérénice Bejo, who also starred in 2005’s OSS 117 with Jean Dujardin, co-stars with John Goodman, Missi Pyle, Penelope Ann Miller and James Cromwell also star.

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