The 64th Cannes Film Festival ended just a few days ago, with Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life taking home the Palme d’Or. Many of the movies playing there are just getting distribution now, and several of them have been picked up over the past couple of days.
First up, IndieWire says that Sundance Selects has picked up two award winners, the Dardenne brothers‘ The Kid with the Bike, as well as Maïwenn Le Besco‘s Poliss. The former of the two won the Grand Prix, while the latter took home the Jury Prize. Raffi saw Bike and, in addition to calling it a “vivid portrait of working class Belgians,” gave it an A. Meanwhile, he said that Poliss is an “authentic and deeply moving portrait of an extremely tough subject matter handled with care.” Both seem like good acquisitions for the company, and hopefully they’ll be able to get them out to the right audience.
As for another movie that played in the South of France, Variety tells us IFC Midnight got the rights to Snowtown, an Australina film about serial killer John Bunting. The directorial debut of Justin Kurzel, it focuses on a 16-year-old boy who begins a dangerous relationship with the famous murderer. It apparently caused something of a ruckus at the festival due to its violent content, so a release by the Midnight division of IFC may be entirely appropriate. [ThePlaylist]
One of the more talked about movies at Cannes this year was Lynne Ramsay‘s We Need to Talk About Kevin, which focuses on a mother (Tilda Swinton) whose son has just committed a school shooting. It’s said to be something of a tough watch, but just as many people also claim that it’s completely brilliant. Co-starring John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller, it’s Ramsay‘s first film since 1999’s acclaimed Ratcatcher, and it appears to have been worth such a long wait. Our review of the movie perpetuates that viewpoint, and THR says that Oscilloscope has picked up the movie for distribution. This is surely one of the bigger buys at the festival, and it’s also one of this year’s entries that I’m most excited to see. A winter release is scheduled, along with an awards campaign that could bring some big nominations for Swinton.
And for something that’s not only absent from Cannes, but hasn’t even been made, Deadline says that Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to The Future of Us, which is based on an upcoming novel of the same name by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. Set in 1996, it tells of a young girl who gets the Internet in her home for the first time. When she first goes online, her Facebook profile from fifteen years in the future (2011, or…now) comes up, causing a revelation for her and her friend. The two of them try to decide if they should become who they are in the profile, or if their lives should change. As is typical of alter-the-future stories, the actions that they take change things drastically, which they have to be careful with. The story sounds fine enough (if a little silly), and the concept may at least manage to twist around some old tropes of the sci-fi genre.
What do you think of all these acquisitions? Which of these do you want to see the most?