(Cannes) Our special correspondent on the Croisette reports on the latest news from the Cannes Film Festival.
According to what American specialized newspapers report, Netflix would have acquired the exploitation rights of May December for the sum of 11 million dollars. Todd Haynes’ “melodramatic comedy,” starring Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman, is a festival-goer favorite. It tells the story of an actress who meets the woman whose romance with a minor 20 years ago inspired the biographical drama she is about to star in. Todd Haynes also took advantage of his visit to Cannes to announce his next project. This is a gay romance set in the 1930s starring Joaquin Phoenix. The actor also insisted with the filmmaker for a very frank approach, even if the feature film is prohibited for those under 17 in the United States.
The American distribution company Neon has acquired the rights to Anatomy of a Fall, the excellent film by Justine Triet, also in the running for the Palme d’Or. According to Variety, the court drama has been buzzing with buyers since its presentation on Sunday. Although no figures were released, it is said that Neon’s approach, which acquired the rights for all of North America, was “aggressive”. Starring the remarkable Sandra Hüller, Swann Arlaud and Samuel Theis, this courtroom drama takes the form of a thrilling investigation into the circumstances surrounding the fatal fall of a man who fell from a window on the upper floor of the chalet of winter he occupied not far from Grenoble. Added to the circumstances of what could be an accident as well as suicide or murder is the ruthless dissection of a couple’s relationship. Entract Films will relay Anatomy of a Fall in Quebec.
During a press conference held on the sidelines of the presentation, in official competition, of Club Zero, Jessica Hausner declared that the subject of her feature film – very disturbing – went beyond the theme of eating disorders. “It’s more about something that’s faith-based,” she said. It seemed interesting to me to explore how an idea out of nowhere spreads. Fake news and strange ideas that can be found on the internet can radicalize people. In Club Zero, Mia Wasikowska plays a private school nutrition teacher who trains her students to eat as little as possible and manipulates them like a cult. Recall that the previous film by the Austrian filmmaker, Little Joe, earned Emily Beecham the prize for female interpretation. Back on the charts this year?