27 May 2008

Cannes: Acquisitions (Updated)

The buyer's market at Cannes this year wasn't as bidder heavy as it may have been in previous years, which has been well noted elsewhere. However, IFC Films and Sony Pictures Classics went home with at least three films each; in fact, they were the only studios to make any purchases by the end of the festival on Sunday. IFC took Steve McQueen's Hunger, Arnaud Desplechin's Un conte de Noël and Na Hong-jin's The Chaser, as well as announcing during the mix that they had acquired Olivier Assayas' L'heure d'été, starring Juliette Binoche, Charles Berling and Jérémie Renier. Sony took home the Dardennes' Le silence de Lorna, Bent Hamer's O' Horten and Ari Folman's Waltz with Bashir. There are rumors that they may have also picked up James Toback's Tyson, but this wasn't confirmed. Sony also had pre-bought Atom Egoyan's Adoration. Universal already had their hands on Clint Eastwood's Changeling (or, as it's now called I think, The Exchange), just as Miramax already had Fernando Meirelles' Blindness.

Update: I actually left a few acquisitions off the list. Magnet/Magnolia picked up Jennifer Chambers Lynch's Surveillance; Liberation took the omnibus Tokyo!, from Leos Carax, Michel Gondry, and Bong Joon-ho. According to IndieWire, Focus Features also has Lucrecia Martel's La mujer sin cabeza, not to mention new films from Pedro Almodóvar, Jim Jarmusch, Gus Van Sant, the Coens and Sam Mendes, all on slate for this year. Sounds promising, no?

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