MADMAN BAGS BIG NAME DIRECTORS AT CANNES
Melbourne, Tuesday 29 May – The Madman acquisitions team has returned from the 2012 Cannes Film Festival with deals signed on a wide ranging selection of award-winning and director-driven films from names like Robert Redford, Michel Gondry, Thomas Vinterberg and Michael Winterbottom.
Following on from yesterday’s awards announcement, two titles acquired by Madman have been recognised. Thomas Vinterberg, known for starting the ‘Dogme 95’ filmmaking movement, returns with THE HUNT which features Danish star Mads Mikkelsen. Mads was recognised with the Best Actor Award for his performance.
The award for Best Screenplay went to Christian Mungiu for his film BEYOND THE HILLS. Mungiu is no stranger to Cannes, having won the 2007 Palme D’Or with 4 MONTHS, 3 WEEKS, 2 DAYS.
Also acquired at Cannes were Im Sang Soo’s THE TASTE OF MONEY and THE WE AND THE I from visual genius Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, BE KIND REWIND), which screened as part of the Director’s Fortnight sidebar.
Several films currently in the final stages of completion were also acquired at this year’s market in Cannes; Robert Redford directs himself alongside an ensemble cast including Shia LaBeuof, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Richard Jenkins, Brit Marling and Nick Nolte in THE COMPANY YOU KEEP.
The next project from prolific and dynamic filmmaker Michael Winterbottom again sees him teaming up with Steve Coogan for THE KING OF SOHO, a look at the man at the head of swinging London. Academy Award® winner Susanne Bier’s new film LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED is a romantic comedy set in Sorrento, Italy starring Pierce Brosnan opposite Paprika Steen.
Also acquired was the sophomore feature from British up and comer Richard Ayoade, following on from last year’s SUBMARINE. His new film will be titled THE DOUBLE, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska, with production having commenced earlier this month.