Cannes Film Festival 2012 - The Projects
“At Any Price”
Family scion rebels but an investigation into their business empire threatens the family’s livelihood.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Producers: Bahrani, Killer Films, Black Bear Pictures, Treehouse Pictures
Cast: Dennis Quaid, Zac Efron, Kim Dickens
Sales: Exclusive Media
“The Baytown Disco”
Action-comedy in which three ruthless Alabama brothers find themselves on the wrong side of the law when they finally try to do a good deed
Director: Barry Battles
Producer: William O. Perkins, Robert Teitel
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Eva Longoria, Paul Wesley, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Sales: Highland Film Group (intl.); WME (N. America)
“Beauty and the Beast”
This big-budget French-language drama romance is adapted from a tale penned by Madame de Villeneuve in 1740.
Director: Christophe Gans
Producers: Richard Grandpierre, Jerome Seydoux
Cast: Vincent Cassel, Lea Seydoux
Based on real events in Los Angeles, a group of teens conduct a string of celebrity burglaries.
Director: Sofia Coppola
Producers: Sofia Coppola, Roman Coppola, Youree Henley
Cast: Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga
Sales: FilmNation (intl.)
The sequel to “The Hunger Games”
Director: Francis Lawrence
Producers: Nina Jacobson, Jon Kilik
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks
Sales: Lionsgate Intl.
A love story set among resistance fighters during Argentina’s 1976-83 Dirty War.
Director: Benjamin Avila
Producers: Historias Cinematograficas, Habitacion 1520 Prods., Antartida Prods., Academia de Filmes and Radio y Television Argentina
Cast: Natalia Oreiro, Ernesto Alterio, Cesar Troncoso
Two ex-lovers find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.
Director: John Crowley
Producers: Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title, and Chris Clark
Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall
Sales: Focus Features Intl.
Survivors of Colony Seven must win a savage battle to preserve the last of humanity.
Director: Jeff Renfroe
Producers: Paul Barkin, Marie-Claude Poulin & Pierre Even, Matthew Cervi
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Kevin Zegers, Bill Paxton
A family that has just moved to southeast Asia finds itself embroiled in a violent coup.
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Producers: Rob Paris, Adam Ripp
Cast: Owen Wilson
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (intl.)
This 1970s-set Australian drama recounts the story about brothers who kick-started the modern surfing industry.
Directors: Ben Nott, Morgan O’Neill
Producers: Michelle Bennett, Tim Duffy, Myles Pollard
Cast: Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel
Sales: TF1 Intl.
“Easy Money II”
Sequel to box office hit “Easy Money,” based on the bestselling book by Jens Lapidus.
Director: Babak Najafi
Producer: Fredrik Wikstrom
Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Fares Fares
Love story set amidst the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II.
Director: Peter Webber
Producers: Gary Foster, Yoko Narahashi, Eugene Nomura, Russ Krasnoff
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Matthew Fox, Eriko Hatsune
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (intl.), CAA (N. America)
“End of Watch”
Young policemen patrol the streets of South-Central Los Angeles.
Director: David Ayer
Producers: John Lesher, David Ayer, Nigel Sinclair, Matt Jackson
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, America Ferrera
Based on Jose Saramago’s Nobel Prize-winning novel.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Producers: Niv Fichmann, Miguel Faura, Luc Dery
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal
Epic adventure set in plague-torn 14th century Europe.
Director: Roar Uthaug
Producers: Martin Sundland, Are Heidenstrom
Cast: Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Isabel Christine Andreasen, Kristian Espedal
“Eat Sleep Die”
Pichler makes her feature debut with this doc-style drama about workers at a small town’s lone factory, which is threatened with closure.
Director: Gabriela Pichler
Producer: China Ahlander
Cast: Nermina Lukac
Sales: Yellow Affair
“A Fantastic Fear of Everything”
Paranoid British comedy about a crime novelist unhinged by his research into Victorian serial killers.
Director: Crispian Mills, Chris Hopewell
Producer: Crispian Mills, Geraldine Patten
Cast: Simon Pegg
The friendships and rivalries within the U.K. women’s sprint relay squad heading to the world championships.
Producer: Damian Jones
Director: Regan Hall
Cast: Rupert Graves, Noel Clarke, Lily James
Sales: Ealing Metro
“Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (3D)”
Sequel to Frank Miller’s “Sin City”
Directors: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Producers: Robert Rodriguez, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergei Bespalov, Aaron Kaufman, Stephen L’Heureux
Sales: Aldamisa Intl.
“The Good Manners”
Woman gives birth to a werewolf in “Rosemary’s Baby”-type film.
Directors: Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra
Producer: Dezenove Som e Imagens
Sales: Urban Distribution
The true story of Belfast’s godfather of punk rock Terri Hooley, who opened the Good Vibrations record store in the heart of the city during the worst of the Troubles, and discovered iconic band the Undertones.
Directors: Lisa Barros d’Sa and Glen Leyburn
Producers: Chris Martin, Andrew Eaton
Cast: Richard Dormer, Dylan Moran, Jode Whittaker
Sales: The Works
Voice actor’s hobby is making prank calls to women.
Director: Jose Eduardo Belmonte
Producer: RT Features
Cast: Otavio Muller and Mariana Ximenes
Penned by Christopher Hampton, the Australia-set drama turns on two childhood friends who fall in love with each other’s teenage sons.
Director: Anne Fontaine
Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Francis Boespflug, Dominique Besnehard
Cast: Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, James Frecheville
“Hit and Run”
Ex-getaway driver “Charlie Bronson” agrees to break the rules of witness protection to drive his girlfriend to California so she can land her dream job.
Directors: Dax Shepard, David Palmer
Producers: Andrew Panay, Nate Tuck, Kim Waltrip
Cast: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold
“The Hot Flashes”
An unlikely basketball team of middle-aged Texas women challenge the high school girls’ state champs and become a national media sensation.
Director: Susan Seidelman
Producers: Nina Henderson Moore, Brad Henning, Susan Seidelman
Cast: Brooke Shields, Daryl Hannah, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Wanda Sykes
Sales: Lightning Entertainment
“I Give It a Year”
Working Title’s romantic comedy follows the trials and tribulations of a pair of newlyweds.
Director: Dan Mazer
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris ThykierStars: Rose Byrne, Anna Faris, Simon Baker, Rafe Spall
“Look of Love”
Widow falls in love with a man who happens to look exactly like her deceased husband.
Director: Arie Posin
Producers: Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn
Cast: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams, Amy Brenneman, Jess Weixler
Based on the true story and novel by Marcus Luttrell.
Director: Peter Berg
Producers: Randall Emmett, Akiva Goldsman, Barry Spikings, and Sarah Aubrey
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster
Sales: Foresight Unlimited (intl)
“Lost in Siberia”
Follow-up to Ralf Huettner’s 2010 box office hit “Vincent Wants to Sea”
Director: Ralf Huettner
Producers: Jooyaa Filmproduktion, Getaway Pictures, CTB Film Co. ZDF/Arte, Cine Plus Filmproduktion.
Cast: Joachim Krol, Julya Men
Sales: Beta Cinema
“The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones”
Based on the first of a series of fantasy novels by Cassandra Clare.
Director: Harald Zwart
Producers: Robert Kulzer, Michael Lynne, Robert ShayeStars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower
Sales: Mister Smith
A wrongly accused convict escapes to take revenge.
Director: Albert Hughes
Producers: Joel Silver, Andrew Rona, Randall Emmett, George Furla
Cast: Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman, Amber Heard
Sales: Foresight Unlimited (intl.), CAA (domestic)
“Out of the Furnace”
Brothers dream of escaping their Rust Belt town but a violent twist of fate changes everything.
Director: Scott Cooper
Producers: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan, Ryan Kavanaugh
Cast: Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker
Sales: Red Granite Intl.
A corporation tries to buy drilling rights in a rural town but comes up against formidable opposition from an unlikely citizen.
Director: Gus Van Sant
Producers: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Chris Moore
Cast: Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook, Scott McNairy, Titus Welliver
Sales: Focus Features Intl.
Two women from two different eras linked by separate tales of deceit, desperation and fear.
Director: Antti Jokinen
Producers: Markus Selin, Jukka Helle
Cast: Liisi Tandefelt, Laura Birn, Krista Kosonen, Peter Franzen, Tommi Korpela
“Reality (aka Big House)”
A Neapolitan fishmonger becomes obsessed with being on “Big Brother.”
Director: Matteo Garrone
Producer: Domenico Procacci
Cast: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Claudia Gerini
Sales: Fandango Portobello
A remake of Dario Argento’s horror film set in a prestigious European academic institution.
Director: David Gordon Green
Producers: Adam Ripp and Rob Paris of Crime Scene Pictures (Gambit), Francesco Melzi d’Eril and Luca Guadagino
Sales: Wild Bunch (intl.); CAA (U.S.)
British sci-fi horror locks a group of friends inside a storage facility in London.
Director: Johannes Roberts
Producers: Noel Clarke, Manu Kumaran
Cast: Noel Clarke, Antonia Campbell-Hughes
Sales: Independent Film Sales
“Struck by Lightning”
A young man is struck by lightning and gets a case of remorse for all his antics at high school.
Director: Brian Dannelly
Producer: Permut, Roberto Aguire, Mia Chang
Cast: Chris Colfer, Christina Hendricks, Alison Janney, Rebel Wilson
Sales: Lightning Entertainment
Biopic based on the book by Natascha Kampusch, abducted at age 10 and held captive in a basement prison for eight years. The last project initiated by the late writer-producer Bernd Eichinger.
Director: Sherry Hormann
Producer: Martin Moszkowicz
Cast: Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Thure Lindhardt
Sales: Mister Smith
A demon possesses the body of a 14-year-old boy in Cape Town, prompting him to realize that he’s haunted by more than just ghosts.
Director: Jenna Bass
Producer: David Horler, Keisha Cameron Dingle
An acclaimed novelist’s relationship with his ex-wife, collegiate daughter and teenage son are examined in a single, tumultuous year.
Director: Joshua Boone
Producer: Judy Cairo
Cast: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly
Sales: Solution Entertainment Group
“Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang”
Family film in which the spirit of the “The Goonies” meets a classic Spanish comicbook.
Director: Oskar Santos
Producers: Francisco Ramos, Fernando Bovaira, Mercedes Gamero
Sales: Film Factory Entertainment