Stuart Samuels'documentary Midnight Movies, which screens in official selection in thefestival, is among four market premieres that Neil Friedman's Los Angeles-basedMenemsha Films will offer to buyers at Cannes.
Midnight Moviescharts the rise of the late-night film craze that started with AlejandroJodorowsky's El Topo atthe Elgin Theatre in New York in December 1970 and continued with cult classicslike George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead, and Richard O'Brien and Jim Sharman's TheRocky Horror Picture Show,among others. Menemsha has worldwide rights on the title.
Friedman willalso begin sales on Argentine romantic comedy Avellaneda's Moon, the first feature from Juan JoseCampanella since 2001's Oscar nominee Son Of The Bride. A huge hit in its native Argentina, Avellaneda'sMoon stars RicardoDarin, Eduardo Blanco, Mercedes Moran and Valeria Bertuccelli and tells of asocial and sports club in a Buenos Aires suburb and the struggle to keep itopen.
The two othermarket premieres are Bharatbala's English-language Indian romance Hari Om, which stars Vijay Raaz, Jean MarieLamour and Camille Natta and on which Friedman will be selling worldwide rightsexcluding India; and Mike Wranovics' Up For Grabs, a cautionary comedy about instant famestarring Alex Popov, Patrick Hayashi and Barry Bonds. Menemsha will sellworldwide rights excluding the US.
Menemsha'srecent titles include Jan Hrebejk's Up And Down which is a Sony Pictures Classics releasein North America, Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni's 2005 Oscar nominateddocumentary The Story Of The Weeping Camel which was released by THINKFilm andMichael Schultz's self-empowerment drama Woman Thou Art Loosed, which grossed more than $7.5m in the USthrough Magnolia Pictures.