Magazine article Variety

Cannes Scorecard: Who Fueled the Heat and Who Was Left Cold

Magazine article Variety

Cannes Scorecard: Who Fueled the Heat and Who Was Left Cold

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This year's Cannes Film Festival awarded the Palme d'Or to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Winter Sleep," while acting prizes went to Timothy Spall for "Mr. Turner" and Julianne Moore for "Maps to the Stars." But there were other winners (and some losers) on the Croisette, too. Sony Pictures Classics, the Weinstein Co. and A24 all came away with a haul of pics, but Weinstein exec David Glasser downplayed the numbers. "It's not a matter of the quantity of films this year, it's about quality," he said. Steve Carell delivered the breakout performance of the fest in "Foxcatcher," an unaccustomed dramatic turn for the comic actor. "It was scary, because it's like nothing I've ever done before," he told reporters, ramin setoodeh

WINNERS

Sony Pictures Classics

Co-president Michael Barker called it his best Cannes ever. The studio inked several acquisitions ("Wild Tales," "Saint Laurent," "Jimmy's Hall") and landed kudos for Timothy Spall in "Mr. Turner." But all eyes were on director winner "Foxcatcher," which kicked off next year's awards race with a stunning performance from Steve Carell.

Harvey Weinstein

Even though he cut public appearances short, skipping the "Grace of Monaco" premiere, Weinstein was a force, closing deals for worldwide rights to "Lion" ($12 million); U.S. distribution of "The Coup" ($5 million); Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner" (a reported $4 million); and John Carney's "Sing Street" ($3 million).

A24

The distrlb followed its Sundance buying spree, taking "Son of a Gun," Atom Egoyan's "The Captive" and Brl« Larson-starrer "Room," which starts filming soon. …

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