CineEurope: DreamWorks, Mister Smith Kick off Event for Foreign Exhibitors
Studio president Jeff Small discussed "The Hundred-Foot Journey," which has Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg among its producers, with Mister Smith's David Garrett showing off scenes from Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner."
DreamWorks Studios COO Jeff Small and David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment heralded the start of CineEurope Monday with a presentation of upcoming movies, showing footage and trailers to the gathered foreign exhibitors at the show.
A videotaped message of apology from The Hundred-Foot Journey producers Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg for not being able to introduce their movie in person and 12 minutes of footage from Russell Crowe’s directorial debut The Water Diviner cut and assembled by the star himself unspooled for the gathered exhibitors. The first was the only DreamWorks' film touted on Monday by Small.
Garrett took to the stage to thank the exhibition community for being part of his company’s mission to bring great story-telling from the best to audiences a reality.
Before introducing Crowe’s footage from The Water Diviner, in which he also stars alongside Olga Kurylenko, Garrett also gave audiences a taste of Dan Fogelman’s directorial debut Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino.
The film sees Pacino star alongside Annette Bening, Bobby Cannavale and Jennifer Garner, as an ageing rocker (Pacino) who discovers a letter written to him by the late John Lennon and decides to alter the course of his life.
Garrett said the film would be renamed ahead of its rollout but also noted that many of Lennon’s solo hits would feature in the film, including the ex-Beatle’s “Imagine,” another former title for the film.
Garrett also took a moment to detail some titles in production for the 2015 release slate including Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephen James as the iconic black athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin under Hitler’s nose and Equals, the Kirsten Stewart and Nicholas Hoult sci-fi starrer for which Guy Pearce recently joined the cast.
Then he detailed Lasse Halstrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey, produced by Spielberg and Winfrey and starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri.
Winfrey, sitting alongside Spielberg in the pair's taped message, noted how disappointed she was not to be here in Barcelona personally to introduce the film with Spielberg encouraging the exhibition community to enjoy the visual feast served up by movie about an Indian cook who arrives in France and becomes a Michelin star chef.
Small came to the stage to introduce the film to the gathered industryites before the film unspooled, completing CineEurope's first presentation session of this edition.
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The show, aimed squarely at the international exhibition industry, is used by the major studios and the big ticket independent distributors to spark anticipation for major releases from upcoming release slates.
CineEurope is operated by FilmExpo Group, which is owned by THR's parent company, Guggenheim Partners. The annual convention of international exhibitors runs June 16-19 in Barcelona.