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5.25.2014

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: The Complete List of 2014 Cannes Winners and Sellers (as of 5.25.14)


The FilmPortal.net announces the list of winners at this year's Cannes:

The Jury of this 67th Festival de Cannes, presided over by Jane Campion, revealed 
this evening the prizes winners during the Awards Ceremony.

Lambert Wilson hosted Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino on the stage 
of the Grand Théâtre Lumière to award the Palme d’or to Nuri Bilge CEYLAN 
for his film WINTER SLEEP.

Sergio Leone’s Per un pugno di dollari (A Fistful of Dollars) presented 
by Quentin Tarantino, was screened at the end of the ceremony.

Palme d'or

WINTER SLEEP by Nuri Bilge CEYLAN
 
Grand Prix

LE MERAVIGLIE (The Wonders) by Alice ROHRWACHER

Best Director Award

Bennett MILLER for FOXCATCHER 

Jury Prize ex-aequo

MOMMY by Xavier DOLAN
Best Screenplay Award

Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV and Oleg NEGIN for LEVIATHAN

Best Actress Award

Julianne MOORE in MAPS TO THE STARS by David CRONENBERG

Best Actor Award

Timothy SPALL in MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH
SHORT FILMS

Palme d'or       

LEIDI by Simón MESA SOTO


Special Mention - Ex-aequo

AÏSSA by Clément TREHIN-LALANNE
 
JA VI ELSKER (Yes we love) by Hallvar WITZØ
 

UN CERTAIN REGARD

Un Certain Regard Prize

FEHÉR ISTEN by Kornél Mundruczó

Jury Prize

TURIST by Ruben Östlund


Un Certain Regard Special Prize

THE SALT OF THE EARTH by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado

Ensemble Prize

PARTY GIRL by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Best Actor Award

David Gulpilil in CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by Rolf de Heer


CAMÉRA D’OR

PARTY GIRL by Marie AMACHOUKELI, Claire BURGER, Samuel THEIS presented in the Un Certain Regard Selection

 

CINÉFONDATION

 
First Prize

SKUNK by Annie Silverstein
University of Texas at Austin, USA
 

Second Prize

OH LUCY! by Atsuko Hirayanagi
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore
 

Joint Third Prize

LIEVITO MADRE by Fulvio Risuleo
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy

THE BIGGER PICTURE by Daisy Jacobs
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom


The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to: 

Dick POPE, director of photography, for bringing to light the works of Turner in the movie  MR. TURNER by Mike LEIGH



SSN's CANNES SALES/ACQUISITIONS/ANNOUNCEMENTS
the homesman
Saban Films acquired North American rights to Tommy Lee Jones’ Competition film The Homesman.
Paris-based film financing company Backup Media teamed with Rentrak on app Moviechainer, which helps rights-holders to track and model the financial and legal structure of their film projects.
French director Eric Valette will helm French Kill, an English-language thriller-chase movie about two American girls in Paris who meet the wrong guys at the wrong time.
Focus acquired North American rights to David S. Goyer’s supernatural thriller The ForestFilm will be released in January 2016.
Dramatic thriller These Final Hours, directed by Zak Hilditch, was acquired by Well Go USA,
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby will be getting an Oscar push by Harvey Weinstein thanks to a ten-minute standing ovation following the films’ screening. It’s an interesting distribution plan: The film that screened at Cannes, called Them, will debut in September. The film(s) premiered Toronto last fall as two separate movies: Her (which tells the story from the woman’s POV) and Him (from the POV of the man). The Weinstein Company will release Her and Him six weeks later, after Themdebuts. Stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are getting early awards buzz. Check outSSN’s interview with writer/director Ned Benson for more details.
Critics Week announced that it is teaming with TorinoFilmLab to create Next Step, a program dedicated to helping the directors of the 10 shorts playing in the sidebar to make their feature film debut.
U.S.-based Main Street Films has partnered with Hong Kong investment fund Crown Brand Corp. to acquire films for distribution in Greater China.
Bernardo Bertolucci will lead the jury for the new Connect4Climate online film festival, a competition for filmmakers whose goal is to address climate change issues.
Jimmy’s Hall: Sony Classics has acquired North American rights to Ken Loach’s period drama, right before its world premiere in competition.
The Salvation: IFC Films bought the TrustNordisk Western directed by Kristian Levring and starring Mads Mikkelsen.
Sea of Trees: Matthew McConaughey and director Gus Van Sant were pitching last week in Cannes, and the film has secured distribution deals in most regions around the world.
The Trial of Viviane Ansalem: Music Box Films picked up U.S. rights.
The Prophet: Italian distributor Good Films was the first buyer for the animated film produced by Salma Hayek, which is based on the bestselling book of 26 prose poems by Lebanese writer and painter Kahlil Gibran.

Candy Store: Good Films also acquired Italian rights to Stephen Gaghan’s thriller. starring Robert De Niro, Keira Knightley and Omar Sy.

UPDATES:

Philippe Bober’s Coproduction Office sold French distribution rights to Bac Films and Distrib Films for Scandinavian helmer Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” a festival hit that won Un Certain Regard’s Jury prize. "Bac Films and Distrib Films eventually snatched up the critically-aclaimed pic, spending over €100K ($136K), according to industry sources.

Alice Rohrwacher’s “Le Meraviglie” (The Wonders), which won the Grand Prix in Cannes, has proved popular with buyers, with sales company The Match Factory inking deals for multiple territories. Rohrwacher’s sophomore feature, which is about a family of beekeepers in rural Italy struggling to maintain their independence, has been sold to distributors in France, Australia, Benelux, Latin America, ex-Yugoslavia, Greece, Portugal, Turkey, Poland and Taiwan, among others.





5.24.2014

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: Un Certain Regard 2014 with trailers, reviews & sales history (as of 5.23.14)


UN CERTAIN REGARD 2014

Un Certain Regard 2014 presented in competition 20 films hailing from 23 different countries. Seven of the works were first films. The Opening film was Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.

Under the presidency of Pablo Trapero (director - Argentina), the Jury was comprised of Peter Becker (president of The Criterion Collection - USA), Maria Bonnevie (actress - Norway/Sweden), Géraldine Pailhas (actress - France), Moussa Touré (director - Sénégal). 
The Jury was honored and delighted to have been able to view over ten days so many excellent films testifying to the diversity and vitality of filmmaking in the world today. They were also impressed by the vision and originality of the works presented.

PRIZE OF UN CERTAIN REGARD
FEHÉR ISTEN / WHITE GOD
 by Kornél Mundruczó (trailer) (review)

JURY PRIZE
TURIST
*/ FORCE MAJEURE by Ruben Östlund (trailer) (review)
UN CERTAIN REGARD SPECIAL PRIZE
THE SALT OF THE EARTH by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado 
(trailer) (review)
  • Rights still available. Le Pacte is handling international sales.
  • "This Cannes Un Certain Regard selection is a shoo-in for distribution by high-end boutique distributors in the culture capitals of the world, and both general and non-fiction festivals will want to have this Salt on their timetables as well." ~~ The Hollywood Reporter  
  • "Starting on August 28, Officine UBU will distribute across Italy new documentary by Wim Wenders, The Salt of the Earth [+], made together with Juliano Ribeiro Salgado and presented yesterday in its global premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Un Certain Regard section." ~~Cineuropa
ENSEMBLE PRIZE
PARTY GIRL by MarieAmachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (trailer) (review

PRIZE OF THE BEST ACTOR
DAVID GULPILIL in CHARLIE’S COUNTRY by Rolf de Heer (trailer) (review)

* needs to be translated to English.

5.23.2014

PRODUCTION JOURNAL: Winners of the Cannes 17th Cinéfondation Selection (with links)

ABBAS KIAROSTAMI AND THE JURY ANNOUNCED THE WINNERS OF THE 17th CINÉFONDATION SELECTION
The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abbas Kiarostami and including Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Noémie Lvovsky, Daniela Thomas and Joachim Trier, has awarded the 2014 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.
The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 16 student films, chosen out of 1 631 entries coming from 457 film schools around the world.
First Prize:
SKUNK directed by Annie Silverstein (Facebook) (Kickstarter page)
the University of Texas at Austin, USA

Second Prize:
OH LUCY! directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi (Facebook)
NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia, Singapore

Joint Third Prize: 
LIEVITO MADRE directed by Fulvio Risuleo (trailer)
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy

Joint Third Prize: 
THE BIGGER PICTURE directed by Daisy Jacobs (trailer)
National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.
The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that his first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.

h/t to The Film Portal