The Orchard has nabbed the North American rights to the forthcoming film THE DINNER written by Oscar-nominated writer Oren Moverman. The film is based on the Herman Koch novel and stars Richard Gere, Steve Coogan, Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall, Chloë Sevigny and Adepero Oduye. The story follows two families struggling to make important life decisions during the course of one meal.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has picked up the worldwide rights to THE LOVE WITCH directed by Anna Biller. The film stars Samantha Robinson as a beautiful young witch who uses spells and potions to seduce men. When she meets the man of her dreams, her desperation drives her to insanity.
The film MIMOSAS directed by Oliver Laxe won the Nespresso Grand Prize of Cannes’ Critics Week. The film tells the story of dying Sheikh who travels across the Moroccan Atlas with two rogues. Other winners include the Turkish comey ALBUM for the France 4 Visionary Award and DIAMOND ISLAND for the SACD prize. PRENJAK won the Leica Cine Discovery prize for best short.
Mark Harmon and Amy Madigan have been tapped to star opposite Scott Eastwood and Ed Harris in the political thriller THE LAST FULL MEASURE. Morgan Freeman and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join the cast as well. Todd Robinson is set to direct the film based on the true story of a Pentagon investigator who attempts to reveal a cover-up involving an Air Force medic during Vietnam War. Harmon is repped by Paradigm and Madigan is repped by Don Buchwald & Associates.
Damien Bonnard and Lindsay Burdge have been tapped to star in Nathan Silver’s thriller THIRST STREET. The twisted story follows an American flight attended who falls for a Parisian bartender during a layover only to find herself getting more than she bargained for. Bonnard is repped by Emmanuelle Ramade. Burdge is repped by Lauren Williams and ICM Partners.
Carl Franklin has been tapped to direct the movie adaptation of William Faulkner’s INTRUDER IN THE DUST. The 1948 novel focuses on a black farmer accused of of murdering a white man. Rob Hickman of Our House Productions will produce with Lee Caplin from Picture Entertainment as well as Dimitri Logothetis. Franklin is repped by Paradigm.
Marco Bellocchio’s SWEET DREAMS has been sold to 15 territories across the globe by The Match Factory. The drama stars Valerio Mastandrea as Massimo, a man who is haunted by his traumatic past after the mysterious death of his mother. Berenice Bejo plays a doctor who helps Massimo confront his childhood wounds.
Curzon Artificial Eye is cleaning up at Cannes this year. The U.K. distributor picked up the tennis drama BORG/MCENROE starring Shia LaBeouf as well as Lars Von Trier’s serial killer film, THE HOUSE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. Curzon also nabbed the Berenice Bejo starrer AFTER LOVE and music documentary LOST IN FRANCE.
Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the U.S. and Latin American rights to the German film TONI ERDMANN, which was one of the best reviewed films of the festival. The movie stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Huller and tells the story of an older man who plays pranks on her all-to-serious daughter. The studio has also picked up the North American and Latin American rights to THE RED TURTLE from Michael Dudok de Wit. The movie tells the story of a shipwrecked on an island of crabs, turtles, and birds.
Ol Parker, the writer behind both The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films, is set to adapt A BOY CALLED CHRISTMAS by Matt Haig for the big screen. The film will be released by Studio Canal and Blueprint Pictures will produce the film about the early life of Father Christmas. Parker is repped by Knight Hall Agency.
China’s Bliss Media and CODI Capital Group are set to launch a film and TV fund valued at $150 million. Wei Han from Bliss and Xiaodi Li from CODI will manage the fund which will focus on international film and TV equity investment. The first round of funding will concentrate on a number of quality project with international distribution.
Rebecca Long and Ian Davies have launched Boudica, the first film finance initiative aimed at female-centric films. The initiative will offer financing of films that meet certain criteria with the goal of including and employing more women in the film industry.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer