To fly colors for U.S. as part of producers salute

Mike Medavoy and Roger Corman will fly the colors for the U.S. as part of a Cannes producers salute at the 1998 edition of the film fest. Eleven producers, including a pair of producing teams, will be honored in a tribute that will include a sidebar of roughly 30 films and appearances by the filmmakers and performers associated most closely with the honorees.

Vet French filmmaker Claude Berri and Maurice Bernart of Salome Films will rep the home team, and Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Brit Working Title will be on hand for such work as “My Beautiful Laundrette,” “Sid and Nancy” and “Four Weddings and a Funeral.”

The others singled out for honors are Canadian Roger Frappier, Spain’s Andres Vicente Gomez, Hsu Feng — who’s best known for her films with Chen Kaige — and the team of Pio Angeletti and Andriano De Micheli of Italy’s Dear Film.

“It’s a great honor to be selected as part of this group,” Medavoy said. “I’m surprised and flattered and accept it with acknowledgment to a lot of other people I’ve worked with over the years.” He said that two of the three titles to be shown as part of his tribute are “Bull Durham” and “Philadelphia

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