Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: Sizing Up the Competition

Magazine article Screen International

Cannes: Sizing Up the Competition

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The word from Cannes Competition is that there is to be no word from Cannes Competition. No word-of-mouth, no buzz, no screenings for the international press in advance. Each 8.30am projection at the Palais des Festivals is to be an event.

Production companies are being encouraged to take advantage of the pent-up interest - to bask in the one day in the career of an art-house film where the world wants to know you, the critics are clamouring, where the auteurs are the superstars and Cannes is your Oscars.

Then it's straight back to being a tough foreign-language sales prospect and the scrabble to finance the next film - unless, of course, you win the Palme D'Or.

Your fate this year will rest in the hands of the Coen Brothers and their seven-man jury, heavily weighted towards the acting craftwith five thespians on board: Rossy de Palma, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhall and actor-director Xavier Dolan.

Commercially, it's easy to see what the US buyers think will be palatable to their audiences in advance of the Palais Screenings - a strongly rumoured Fox Searchlight pickup for Paolo Sorrentino's Youth speaks volumes, and the Weinstein Company has been hooked up with Todd Haynes' Carol since Cannes 2013. …

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