Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch Takes Braff Kickstarter Film

Magazine article Screen International

Wild Bunch Takes Braff Kickstarter Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Cannes slate also includes latest films from Abel Ferrara, Larry Clark, Xavier Beauvois, Ken Loach, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Laurent Tirard, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Nicole Garcia.

Wild Bunch has picked up international sales on Zach Braff's [pictured] upcoming comedy Wish I Was Here about an out-of-work actor who decides to home school his two children.

The project has created a stir in recent weeks for Braff's decision to turn to crowd-funding site Kickstarter to raise part of the budget. To date some $2.5m has been pledged against an original goal of $2.0m.

"We just loved the script... it's in the same spirit as Garden State," said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval, referring to Braff's cult debut feature about a young man who returns to his hometown in New Jersey for the funeral of his mother.

Wish I Was Here is among a trio of last-minute additions to Wild Bunch's 40-picture Cannes slate.

The company has also just signed Spanish Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Wayfare-backed Villain, with Shia LaBeouf attached.

Other freshly acquired titles include Larry Clark's Paris-set skateboarding picture The Smell of Us, inspired by youngsters who hang out at the Trocadero Gardens in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

It is Clark's first French-language film. The filmmaker fell upon the Trocadero skateboarding scene while preparing a retrospective at the nearby Museum of Modern Art in 2010.

"They're mainly teenagers from well-off backgrounds... it captures their attitude towards sex and their morals in general," says Maraval.

Other new titles for Cannes include Abel Ferrara's Welcome to New York inspired by the downfall of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011.

Early footage of the picture, starring Gerard Depardieu as a powerful man "driven by a frenzied and unbridled sexual hunger" opposite Jacqueline Bisset as his long-suffering wife, will be screened towards the end of the festival.

Wild Bunch will also kick-off sales on Xavier Beauvois' The Price of Fame, based on the true story of two social misfits who body-snatched the corpse of Charlie Chaplin from his grave in Switzerland. The latest film from Why Not Productions, the picture is currently shooting

"It's a rare comedy for Beauvois," says Maraval. "His films have always tended to be rather sombre even though he is very funny in real-life. It's a tribute to Chaplin. …

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