Cannes: 'Loveless,' 'Florida Project' Land at Altitude for U.K.

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'Loveless'

Andrey Zvyagintsev's film plays in competition, while Sean Baker's latest debuts in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Altitude Film Distribution acquired U.K. and Irish distribution rights to two films as Cannes kicked off Wednesday.

The company picked up Andrey Zvyagintsev's festival competition title Loveless and Sean Baker’s coming-of-age drama The Florida Project, which is playing in the Directors’ Fortnight.

Tangerine helmer Sean Baker directed The Florida Project and co-wrote it with frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch. It stars Willem Dafoe, Caleb Landry Jones and newcomers Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite in the story about a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure, while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Francesca Silvestri and Shih Ching Tsou produced the film, which Altitude plans to release in early 2018. The deal was struck between Will Clarke for Altitude and Vanessa Saal from Protagonist Pictures.

 

Loveless is the follow-up to the Oscar-nominated Leviathan. It tells the story of a couple locked in a bitter divorce battle and then forced to cooperate when its young son goes missing after witnessing one of his parents' violent arguments.

Loveless, Zvyagintsev's third Cannes competition entry, is produced by longtime producing partner Alexander Rodnyansky. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the film in the U.S. The deal was negotiated between Will Clarke for Altitude and Emilie Serres from Wild Bunch. Altitude plans to release it in the U.K. in early 2018.
 

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