Cannes: Film4 Slate Features Jude Law, Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett Projects
LONDON – Film4, the movie unit of British broadcaster Channel 4, will arrive in Cannes with a hand in a slate of fresh movies starring the likes of Jude Law, Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett.
Plus, the company will have Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner and Ken Loach's Jimmy's Hall in the festival's competition,
The company's Cannes Film Festival and Marche du Film campaigns this year mark the last for outgoing Film4 chief Tessa Ross, who leaves in the fall after more than 10 years at the firm to become CEO of the National Theater here.
At Film4's annual pre-Cannes sendoff for filmmakers in the swanky west London district of Holland Park, Ross promised not to cry as the rose flowed. She told everyone that there was still a lot of work to be done before she leaves.
The unit's production slate includes the Fassbender-starrer Slow West, the feature debut from John Maclean, whose Film4 short Pitch Black Heist, starring Fassbender, won the BAFTA award for best short film in 2012.
Set in 19th-century Colorado, Slow West tells the story of a Scottish 17-year-old who travels to the American frontier in pursuit of his lost love in the company of a mysterious drifter (Fassbender) who offers to protect him for a price. Hanway Films is offering the film to buyers.
Film4’s pre-Cannes showreel also included footage from Justin Kurzel's Macbeth, starring Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as the murderous couple from Shakespeare’s play, set in medieval Scotland. Produced by See-Saw Films, StudioCanal is handling international sales.
The reel also included footage from Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald's submarine treasure hunt Black Sea, which stars Jude Law. Produced by Cowboy Films, Focus Features International is selling the movie.
Meanwhile, a scene from The Inbetweeners 2, the follow-up to the bawdy British comedy box-office record breaker, also drew laughter.
Also showcased on the reel was Oscar Isaac in Alex Garland’s artificial intelligence thriller Ex Machina, which also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. Produced by DNA Films, it will be touted by Universal Pictures International.
Film4's slate also boasts Carol, Todd Haynes’ period romance starring Cate Blanchett that's being sold by Hanway Films; Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron produced by Ruby Films and sold by Pathe; Life, Anton Corbijn’s James Dean feature starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan and sold by FilmNation Entertainment; and The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos’ sci-fi love story, sold by Protagonist Pictures.