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Cannes 2009: "Bright Star" and others receive the global treatment

May 15, 2009 | 12:33 pm


Company Town blogger John Horn shares an inside look at Cannes "Bright Star" screening and more.

The first Cannes Film Festival press screening for Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” was held at 8:30 a.m. in the midst of a gutter-filling downpour, and yet there were only a handful of empty spots inside the 2,300-seat Grand Théâtre Lumière early this morning. The turnout for the latest movie from the director of “The Piano” was remarkable given the circumstances (and all the late-night partying), but equally noteworthy was the film’s international provenance, an across-all-borders production history that is being repeated with many Cannes titles.

Campion’s first feature since 2003’s “In the Cut,” “Bright Star” follows the love story between the young romantic poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish). The New Zealand-born filmmaker’s movie was backed by Australia’s Film Finance Corp., Britain’s BBC Films and UK Film Council and France’s Pathé Renn Productions. It will be distributed in the United States this fall by Bob Berney’s new (and still unnamed) American distribution company.

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Photo: Star Abbie Cornish in "Bright Star." Credit: Cannes Film Festival