Cannes 2010: America braces for an auteur attack
The Cannes competition titles may, as a group, be thought an underwhelming bunch. But American audiences won't have to trust the tastemakers on the Croisette. They'll get a chance to see for themselves after two more titles were sold to American companies on Friday. Both are in French and both feature religious tensions, so we're thinking ... art house.
The latter stages of the Cannes Film Festival tend to see a flurry of U.S. deals for foreign-language films, as distributors pretty much have decided what films they really want (and as some make a play to buy competition movies before the Palme d'Or is announced and the winner's price rises; as it is in the commodities market, so it is with Cannes).
Both of the movies acquired Friday are thought to be respectable contenders for the the Palme, with "Of Gods and Men" considered -- along with Mike Leigh's "Another Year" (also an SPC buy), Abbas Kiarostami's "Certified Copy" (an IFC buy), Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Biutiful" and Lee Chang-Dong's "Poetry" -- in the top group of candidates.
-- Steven Zeitchik, reporting from Cannes, France
Photo: "The Princess of Montpensier; credit: Cannes Film Festival