Harvey Weinstein took another turn in the Cannes spotlight Monday night, touting a trio of potential awards season contenders — Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook.”
The Weinstein Co. invited about 50 journalists to a screening of about 15 minutes of footage at the Majestic. Weinstein handled the MC chores with his usual no-holds-barred enthusiasm.
“These are three unique masters of cinema,” he asserted. “These are some of the best films we’ve ever been associated with.”
Footage for “The Master,” which may or may not be based on Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, started with Joaquin Phoenix being interrogated by a military officer followied by Philip Seymour Hoffman in multiple guises — “I do many things” — as a doctor, speaker and physicist and Amy Adams as his intense spouse. “The Master” opens Oct. 12.
“The Silver Linings Playbook” stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence in a relationship drama with an unhinged Cooper wearing a black trashbag as a shirt. “Playbook” launches Nov. 21.
Footage from “Django Unchained” — which opens on Christmas — emphasized the humor in the pairing of Jamie Foxx as a freed slave with Christoph Waltz as a bounty hunter pitted against plantation owner Leonardo DiCaprio. Foxx, when he’s asked his name, replied “Django. The D is silent.”
TWC’s David Glasser said afterwards that Tarantino is still shooting. “It’s very exciting for me to see these coming together,” he added.
The gathering was far smaller and lower-key than TWC’s elaborate Cannes cocktail party last year at the Martinez, which featured Sarah Jessica Parker tubthumnping “I Don’t Know How She Does It” along with promos for “The Iron Lady,” “Bully” and The Artist,” which TWC had just acquired.
Weinstein’s been a dominant presence at this year’s festival with John Hillcoat’s “Lawless” and Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” along with acquisitions of Christian Vincent’s “Haute Cuisine,” Wayne Blair’s “The Sapphires” and Bernard-Henri Levy’s documentary on the fall of Muammar Gaddafi “The Oath of Tobruk.”