April 2012

Cannes 2012:
Old Boys’ Network, in Status Quo

Source: FilmLinc

… does the absence of women this year (only the third time in the past thirteen years) say anything about where cinema is right now? Unlikely. More likely, it’s a matter of (bad) timing, or, less likely, bad candidates. Besides, women are winning elsewhere on the festival circuit. One need look only at last year’s Locarno results, with Milagros Mumenthaler winning the Golden Leopard for her exquisite chamber drama, Back to Stay, and Valerie Massadian winning best debut work for her powerful, resonant Nanato get a sense of where overall trends are headed. Most likely of all, Cannes is just behind the times. (Another reason why it’s not the bet place to gauge the state of the art.) And it’s possible that the rumored titles by women, such as Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned, Susanne Bier’s All You Need is Love, Alice Winocour’sAugustine and Cate Shortland’s Lore, will pop up elsewhere on the Croisette before all the announcing is done …

Music Box Picks Up
Cate Shortland's 'Lore'

Source: Indie Wire

It’s been far too long between drinks for Australian helmer Cate Shortland but her long-awaited sophomore effort, the ambitious German-language post-WWII drama “Lore,” is now gearing up for its unveiling with Music Box Films acquiring the North

Cannes 2012
Cineuropa's Contenders

Source: imdb

It’s been a couple of weeks since the French magazine Premiere posted “Cannes 2012: Le buzzomètre,” a list of over 30 films, each of which were assigned a numerical probability of its making the lineup at Cannes this year. Speculation has only grown hotter, of course, with an official announcement slated for April 19; Critics’ Week and the Directors’ Fortnight will follow on April 23 and 24, respectively. “Paris is rife with rumors about who will make it,” reports Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa. “Several films by ‘big fish’ have not been seen yet, and many who have already shown their film are eagerly awaiting news.”

US Deals For

Source: Film Business Asia

US distributor Music Box Films has pre-bought Australian director Cate Shortland’s upcoming WWII drama Lore (pictured). The film, which is sold internationally by France’s Memento Films, is the story of a girl, who is the daughter of …