Macbeth all set to make a bow in competition on the Croisette
by Naman Ramachandran
- British production boasts an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard
Australian director Justin Kurzel, acclaimed for his film Snowtown, will go head to head against some of the heavyweights of world cinema when his latest film Macbeth [+see also:
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Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and other cast members include Jack Reynor, David Thewliss, Paddy Considine and Elizabeth Debicki. Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (Shame [+see also:
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Macbeth was developed by Film4 and See-Saw Films, and is financed by Film4 and StudioCanal in association with Anton Capital Entertainment S.C.A., Creative Scotland and DMC Film. StudioCanal handles international sales and will distribute the film in the UK, France and Germany. The Weinstein Company holds US rights.
Natalie Usher, director of film and media at Creative Scotland, said, “We are delighted that Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth has been selected to screen in competition at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival. We congratulate Justin, the producers and all involved in the film. We are really proud to have supported this compelling realisation of one of Shakespeare’s finest works.”