While Hollywood’s most colorful movie aficionado, Harvey Weinstein, was by far the most active U.S. buyer at the 12-day annual event, overall sales lagged behind last year’s market. And many buyers remarked on the lack of commercial product available.
In the words of one Los Angeles-based buyer’s rep, there was quantity, but not the kind of quality that would guarantee a wide U.S. theatrical release. Still, there were a number of notable transactions.
Sony Pictures bought multiple foreign territories for “Spinning Gold,” a biopic of late music mogul Neil Bogart to star Justin Timberlake, who was in Cannes to wow foreign distribs. Director Martin Scorsese’s 20-year-old pet project “Silence,” a