StudioCanal is heading to the CannesMarket with a line up that includes two films from Cannes jury president WongKar-wai along with the latest from Mathieu Kassovitz, Emir Kusturica andDavid Lynch and a sentimental documentary about a year in the lives of newbornbabies.
Along with the previously announced Lady From Shanghai, which isset to start production in late 2006-early 2007 based on star NicoleKidman's availability, StudioCanal is also handling anew project from Wong Kar-wai. My Blueberry Nightsis a road movie which follows a woman across the US in search oflove. Singer Norah Jones makes her leading role debut in the film which willbegin shooting this summer. StudioCanal has worldwiderights excluding China and Hong Kong.
Mathieu Kassovitz returns behind the camerafor Babylon A.D. based on thenovel by Maurice Dantec. Fox has US rights to thefilm about a futuristic mercenary who must shuttle a woman from Russia to the US. TheEnglish-language picture is currently in pre-production.
Emir Kusturica's latest dramatic feature PromiseMe This is the story of a man attempting tofulfill his grandfather's dying request that he find a wife. Rights, excluding Greece, are availableworldwide.
David Lynch's Inland Empire, which wasannounced during Cannes 2005, is nearing completion and stars Laura Dern, Jeremy Irons, Harry Dean Stanton and Justin Theroux.Territories already sold include Japan, Brazil, Latin America, Germany, Italy, Spain and Israel.
From director Thomas Balmes and under thecreative control of Alain Chabat is Baby(ies).This documentary follows the lives of four newborns in four differentcountries from birth to the moment they take their first steps. Worldwiderights are available.
Veteran German director Margarethe Von Trotta is also on StudioCanal'sslate with I Am The Other Woman. The film starsKatja Riemann, August Diehl and ArminMueller-Stahl in the story of a man sucked into a morbid world after a one-nightstand.
French films in the line up include My Place In TheSun from director Eric de Montalier and starringJacques Dutronc, Elodie Bouchez, Andre Dussolier and Cannes competitiondirector Nicole Garcia here donning her acting cap. After a car crash, a groupof friends, acquaintances and lovers are brought face to face with their owndestinies. Also on deck is Roschdy Zem's Bad Faith. Starring the director, who is alsoone of the leads of competition film Days Of Glory,and Cecile De France, Bad Faith looks at the lives of a mixed-faithcouple and their respective families' reactions when the woman falls pregnant.