Cannes buzz films

Fest, market titles set to stir up deals

After an avalanche of U.S. deals at Sundance, will domestic buyers step up to the plate again at Cannes? And will foreign buyers find anything they like? Away from the thin air in Park City, most of Mediterranean Sea-level deals normally take place at Cannes Market. But this year’s festival proffers a number of anticipated films from established and emerging auteurs — including some English-language titles. A peek at what has the world’s buyers buzzing as they head for the Croisette:

“Der Baader-Meinhof Komplex”: A dramatic take on Stefan Aust’s book about Germany’s notorious terrorist group of the ’60s-’70s. Helmed by Uli Edel and scripted by producer Bernd Eichinger. Pic, set to shoot in summer, stars Germany’s biggest thesps, including Moritz Bleibtreu as Baader and “The Lives of Others'” Martina Gedeck as Meinhof. (Sales: Summit International)

“The Banishment”: Russian helmer Andrey Zvyagintsev’s second film, following his 2003 Venice fest winner “The Return.” Pic, about a husband and wife, stars Swedish thesp Maria Bonnevie and “The Return’s” Konstantin Lavronenko. In Competition. (Intercinema)

“Caramel”: A light look at tolerance through the eyes of five women from different backgrounds who work in a beauty salon. Lebanese thesp/musicvid helmer Nadine Labaki’s feature debut. In Directors’ Fortnight. (Roissy Films)

“Control”: Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn’s feature debut, about the short-lived life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Sam Riley and Samantha Morton star. Opens Directors’ Fortnight. (Becker Intl.)

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”: Julian Schnabel’s latest helming effort since 2000’s “Before Night Falls.” Drama about French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, paralyzed from a stroke, wrote his memoirs by blinking in code. In Competition. (Pathe Intl.)

“How to Lose Friends & Alienate People”: A male version of “The Devil Wears Prada,” based on Brit Toby Young’s book about working in New York publishing. Simon Pegg and Kirsten Dunst star; “Curb Your Enthusiasm” producer-helmer Robert Weide directs. Shoots June 4. (Intandem)

“Ocean”: Jacques Perrin’s aquatic follow-up to “Microcosmos” and “Winged Migration.” The French naturalist producer-director-thesp will again use his innovative filming techniques to capture the water world. In production. (Pathe Intl.)

“Paranoid Park”: Palme d’Or winner Gus Van Sant’s third time to the Cannes Competition. Pic’s based on Blake Nelson’s novel about a skateboarder who descends into a dark world after he accidentally kills a security guard. (MK2 Intl.)

“Pompeii”: Roman Polanski-helmed epic, about the fated Italian city, described as “Titanic” meets “Chinatown.” Scripted by novelist Robert Harris, pic is being prepped as a star vehicle, with a summer shoot planned in Spain. (Summit Intl./ICM)

“Synecdoche, New York”: Scribe Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut about a theater director who thinks he’s dying. Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Michelle Williams, Hope Davis, Emily Watson, Tilda Swinton and Tom Noonan. In production this month. (Kimmel Intl./UTA)

The still-untitled adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel “The Dying Animal,” starring Penelope Cruz, Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Peter Sarsgaard, Dennis Hopper and Deborah Harry. Helmed by Spain’s Isabel Coixet (“My Life Without Me”), the film started production last month in Vancouver. Stateside release set via Lakeshore’s deal with MGM. (Lakeshore Intl.)

“We Own the Night”: James Gray’s return to the Cannes Competition after 2000’s “The Yards.” Pic, about the Russian mob in ’80s New York, stars Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall and Eva Mendes. Universal has select overseas territories. (2929 Intl./Cinetic)

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