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Walter Kirn’s novels “Thumbsucker” and “Up in the Air” were adapted for the screen, but his latest work, “Blood Will Out,” faces a few Hollywood hurdles, even though the nonfiction piece tells a stranger-than-truth story that seems meant for the movies.
Even better, Kirn plays a co-starring role in the book, which charts how he was drawn into the orbit of the master con man who called himself Clark Rockefeller. But it’s been three weeks since publication, and CAA, which took the tome out to studios, still has no takers.
The problem? Its notorious subject: Rockefeller (real name: Christian Gerhartsreiter, a German native), who was convicted last year of a 1985 murder in San Marino, Calif., and posed at various times as a USC film student, a Rockefeller heir and the brother of Cameron Crowe. He was unmasked in 2008, when he kidnapped his own daughter in Boston.
The story is so fascinating, »
- Justin Kroll
Paris – Renowned Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami will preside the Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation and Short Films jury, whose other members are French hyphenate Noemie Lvovsky and three directors: Brazil’s Daniela Thomas, Chad’s Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Norway’s Joachim Trier.
The Jury will announce its Cinefondation Selection prizes on Thursday, May 22, and Cannes’ best short the following Saturday.
A seminal director who broke through with the 1987-1994 “Koker Trilogy,” and won Cannes’ Palme d’Or with 1997’s “Taste of Cherry,” Kiarostami was instrumental in helping to convince established film industry that not just good but great directors could come from any part of the world, which is much the spirit of the Cinefondation where 15 to 20 shorts and medium-length films – chosen from more than 1,600 applications – from students at film schools in 41 countries spread over the planet compete for its First, Second and Third prizes at the Cinefondation Selection.
Having won, »
- John Hopewell
Abbas Kiarostami is to head the Cinéfondation and Short Film Jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival.
The Iranian director and screenwriter has been nominated for the Palme d’Or five times and won in 1997 with Taste of Cherry.
They will be tasked with awarding three prizes to films submitted by students from film schools around the world, which will be presented in the Cinéfondation Selection, to be announced at a later date.
The Cinéfondation Prizes will be announced by the Jury on May 22, at a ceremony to be followed by a screening of the winning films.
The Jury will also decide the Short Film Palme d’or to be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony on May 24.
Kiarostami rose to international fame with Where is the Friend’s Home (1987) and went on to present »
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Germany’s The Match Factory, traditionally one of Europe’s most prominent sales companies at the Berlin Festival, has taken world sales rights to Berlin Golden Bear contender “Praia do Futuro,” from Brazil’s Karim Ainouz (“Madame Sata,” “The Silver Cliff).
As Brazilian film production mounts in volume, with 127 releases last year – a modern high – plus international ambition, “Praia” reps a pioneering Brazil-Germany co-production linking Brazil with one of the major European movie powerhouses.
It also marks a step-up in budget for Ainouz and the first time he has worked with an international cast, said Georgia Costa Araujo at Sao Paulo’s Coracao da Selva, its lead producer.
Exploring the artistic potential of an a Brazil-Germany link-up, “Praia” kicks in at the real-life Praia do Futuro in Ainouz’s home city of Fortaleza, on Brazil’s north-east seaboard, where a Brazilian lifeguard save a German tourist from drowning. The two men fall in love, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
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