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Majestic’s ‘Country’ now on Cannes Horizon

Majestic Films has added Distant Horizon’s “Cry the Beloved Country” to its eclectic Cannes slate, which ranges from big-budget American pix to smaller-scale European fare.

“Cry the Beloved Country”, adapted from Alan Paton’s classic novel of South Africa under apartheid, stars James Earl Jones and Richard Harris.

It was directed by Daryl Roodt from a screenplay by Ronald Harwood and produced by Distant Horizon’s Anant Singh. Miramax Films has picked up North American rights, with Majestic responsible for international sales.

Also new to Majestic’s lineup are two British films starring Miranda Richardson: “Swann” and “Saint-Ex.”

“Swann” is a $5 million thriller, helmed by Anna Benson Gyles, produced by Ann Scott and starring Brenda Fricker. After the brutal murder of a homemaker in a remote rural town, a bestselling author and a local woman with a guilty secret become involved in the investigation.

“Saint-Ex,” produced by Andy Patterson of Oxford Films, is a $3 million film directed by Anand Tucker and starring Bruno Ganz. It’s a biopic about the French flier and author Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz have been signed to star in “Head Above Water” from Kevin Costner’s Tig Prods. This thriller, based on a Norwegian film of the same name, will be directed by Jim Wilson and starts shooting July 24 in Maine.

“Nickel and Dime,” Trilogy Entertainment’s comedy about a man and an elephant, currently is in production. It stars Bill Murray and is directed by Howard Franklin. UA has domestic rights, with Majestic handling the rest of the world.

Also at Cannes, Majestic will be screening footage from “August,” the directorial debut of Anthony Hopkins, who also stars. “Jane Eyre,” a co-production with Miramax, is in postproduction but is not ready for screening.

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