The prize list favours French sellers and producers
by Fabien Lemercier
- CANNES 2014: Memento, Pyramide, Wild Bunch, SBS Productions and Diaphana hold their own in the Cannes Festival awards
Although the awards list at the 67th Cannes Film Festival brushed aside the films which officially represented France in competition, the Croisette has continued to bring good fortune to the first feature film Party Girl [+see also:
interview: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire B…
film profile] from the French trio Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, which opened the Un Certain Regard section (read the review – produced by Elzévir Films – sold by Pyramide International).
The French cinema industry does, however, have a strong presence on the list of winners of the official competition across production and international sales.
The Palme d'Or winner Winter Sleep [+see also:
interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
film profile] by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (read the review) was co-produced with Turkey and Germany by Memento, which will distribute the film in France on 13 August and is heading international sales. The film has already been acquired by, among others, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the Benelux, Greece, Romania, Portugal, Austria, Switzerland, the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Israel, Mexico and Taiwan.
The Best Screenplay winner Leviathan by the Russian Andreï Zvyagintsev will be distributed in France and was sold internationally by Pyramide, which has already sealed almost all territories (including the US with Sony Pictures Classics) apart from Germany and Japan.
The Jury Prize winner Goodbye to Language [+see also:
film profile] (read the review) by Jean-Luc Godard (who has double nationality, Swiss and French) was produced by Wild Bunch, which launched it in cinemas in France last Wednesday and is also selling it internationally.
French production is also represented across performance awards. SBS Productions produced in delegation, with Canada and Germany, Maps to the Stars [+see also:
film profile] by David Cronenberg, which earned American Julianne Moore the Best Actress Award. For its part, Diaphana co-produced, with the UK and Germany, Mr Turner [+see also:
interview: Mike Leigh
film profile] by the English director Mike Leigh, which earned Timothy Spall the Best Actor Award.
(Translated from French)