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Cannes Film Festival | 2015: Wrap-Up
Winners at Cannes
Despite the beautiful sites and warm weather, tensions still reach new heights every year at Cannes as movie-lovers and bookies alike take a stab at predicting which film will win the prestigious Palme d’Or. With some surprise, Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan walked away with the top honor, beating out the favored Carol by director Todd Haynes.
From projects made with large movie budgets to indie flicks, this year’s Cannes Film Festival was full of great movies. Here are a few other notable winners via Screen Daily:
Grand Prix: Son of Saul | Directed by Laszlo Nemes
Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin
Jury Prize: The Lobster | Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos
Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man
Best Actress: Shared between Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi and Rooney Mara for Carol.
The Here After
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Magnus Von Horn’s The Here After did quite well at the festival, picking up two major territory deals with Soda Pictures (U.K.) and Atnine Film Co. (South Korea).
Land and Shade
Director César Augusto Acevedo’s film Land and Shade, winner of critic’s week, found some love from Pyramide, which will distribute the film in France. According to Variety.com, “Pyramide head Eric Lagesse signaled that the Camera d’Or has raised large interest among distributors. Pyramide is now in discussions with multiple other territories. Some further deals on track to close this forthcoming week, Lagesse added.” In addition to France, the film closed in Italy (Satine Pictures) and Latin America (Cineplex). The film has been compared to “The Grapes of Wrath” in terms of its narrative and tone.
Big Deals and the Netflix Effect
The industry’s panic over the Netflix Effect was cooled by good news on the sales front. According to Jeremy Kay of ScreenDaily, “the streaming giant was never far from people’s lips. The keynote talk by Ted Sarandos dominated the dialogue when people were not chewing over the festival’s strict dress footwear policy, the arrival of well-heeled new financiers and a flurry of spectacular theatrical deals.”
Some of these deals include:
Nocturnal Animals, starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal – $20M worldwide buy from Universal Pictures and Focus Features. This is the second film by fashion icon Tom Ford. His previous film, A Single Man, was made for a movie budget of $7M.
Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller and Katey Sagal received a $4M US deal from Open Road.
A final thought from Jeremy Kay on the atmosphere of this year’s market:
“One buyer noted how it was easy to find money today but hard to make it. For many US players, day-and-date distribution could be the answer and there is a belief that Europe and the rest of the world are primed to follow.”