Magazine article Screen International

The Go-Go Boys Hit the Big Screen

Magazine article Screen International

The Go-Go Boys Hit the Big Screen

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Veteran Israeli producers Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus hit the Palais des Festivals this evening for the Cannes Classics premiere of Hilla Medalia's documentary The Go-go Boys, charting the rise and fall of their infamous indie studio the Cannon Group.

"Cannes owes us big time. We helped put the festival on the map as a place to do business so it's nice to be getting this screening at the Palais," says Golan.

Throughout the 1980s, the Israeli cousins, or Go-go Boys as they were known, were a notorious sales force on the Croisette, operating out of the Carlton Hotel, where they pioneered the art of the pre-sale and slate deal.

"In the mid-1980s, they used to call Cannes the Cannon Film Festival. The buyers loved us because we did a lot of promotions and parties and screenings in the Palais, " says Globus.

"The first time we came to Cannes was in 1964-5. We went to sell black-and-white, Hebrew-language movies," adds Globus. "Did we sell them? Of course we did, we always sell. In the 60s we worked out of the lobby of the Martinez, then we moved to the Carlton, first basing ourselves in the lobby and on the terrace and then out of suite 241 for about 20 years. …

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