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Why the fest feels so empty this year, what's the latest on the buzziest deals so far and how Pulse Films juggles 'American Honey,' Viceland and Beyonce's 'Lemonade.'
The Hollywood Reporter's fifth Cannes Film Festival daily issue includes a look at why the fest feels so empty this year, a summary of the buzziest deals so far and how Pulse Films juggles American Honey, Viceland and Beyonce's Lemonade.
"I Have Never Seen It Like This"
The first weekend in Cannes is typically when the madness starts, but it’s been easy for anyone to find a table at the Grand or the Carlton or at any of the Cannes beaches for lunch. Security fears — prompted by recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels — have kept some away, but market consolidation likely is as significant a factor in clearing out the Croisette. The Cannes film market, however, insists attendance this year is on par and even slightly above last year’s.
A handful of buzzy deals closed on Saturday morning, breathing life into what had been heretofore a somewhat sleepy market. The Weinstein Co. plunked down mid-seven figures for North American rights to the Jeremy Renner-Elizabeth Olsen drama Wind River, and Amazon Studios closed a deal for Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Here, starring Joaquin Phoenix. THR sums up the latest big deals of the fest here.
Inside Pulse Films
The past few months have seen the indie studio burst onto the film scene dramatically with Andrea Arnold’s Cannes competition entry American Honey and Beyonce’s all-powerful Lemonade video. CEO and co-founder Thomas Benski talked to THR about his friendship with Vice's Shane Smith, grabbing the current momentum of feature films and one notorious fair-haired woman named Rebecca.