Cannes film to get simultaneous VOD release

3:21 AM PST 04/30/2010 by Rebecca Leffler, AP

Godard's 'Socialism' to screen on Filmo TV

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PARIS -- While traditionally reserved for film biz professionals, this year's Festival de Cannes will be open to French cinephiles thanks to simultaneous screenings in TV and VOD formats of official fest selections Jean-Luc Godard's "Socialism" and Olivier Assayas' "Carlos."

Godard's film will screen in Un Certain Regard sidebar in Cannes on May 18 and simultaneously on French VOD portal Filmo TV.

Internet users will be able to discover the film at the same time as Cannes audiences via the www.filmotv.fr website.

The unprecedented screening will kick off a special "Jean-Luc Godard Festival" featuring 50 years of the director's work including "Breathless," "Contempt" and "First Name: Carmen." The Filmo TV interactive VOD service for film lovers was launched in 2009 by Wild Bunch. "Socialism" hits Gallic theaters on May 19.

Also on May 19, Assayas' 5 1/2-hour TV miniseries "Carlos" will screen Out of Competition at the fest's Louis Lumiere theater. That same night, Canal Plus subscribers will be able to see the full series on the network. The series will later be broadcast on the Arte channel before the 2.5-hour feature film version is released in France by Studiocanal in the fall.
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