24 Frames

Movies: Past, present and future

« Previous | 24 Frames Home | Next »

Cannes 2012: Weinstein Co. buys Libyan revolution documentary

May 17, 2012 |  5:09 pm

CANNES, France -- For the second time in as many days at the Cannes Film Festival, Harvey Weinstein has gotten political.

The independent-film mogul has bought “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the  2011 Libyan revolution directed by the provocateur French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy. The acquisition comes a day after Weinstein picked up “Code Name Geronimo,” a narrative film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, in the Cannes market.

"Tobruk," which was a late addition to the festival’s main selection, follows the efforts in Libya as well as  the U.S. and Europe to support the rebels and oust Moammar Kadafi. Weinstein said he saw the movie as relevant to revolutions that are still going on, and one in particular.

Weinstein “sees this acquisition as a political action that could provide hope for other countries in a similar state of peril including Syria,” the Weinstein Co. company said in a statement announcing the deal.

No release date has been set for the film.

Weinstein previously waded into the Middle East with the acquisition of "Miral," Julian Schnabel's movie about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Cannes 2012: An Osama bin Laden battle brews by the beach

Cannes 2012: Paul Greengrass to tackle FC Barcelona

Cannes 2012: Is Roman Polanski seeking some image rehab?

Cannes 2012: Moonrise Kingdom aims to restore Wes Anderson's crown

-- Steven Zeitchik


Photo: "The Oath of Tobruk." Credit: Cannes Film Festival


Comments () | Archives (0)

The comments to this entry are closed.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: