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Jerusalem Film Festival opens with Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’

Jerusalem Film Festival opens with Pedro Almodovar’s ‘Julieta’

Pedro Almodovar’s “Julieta,” which recently world premiered in competition at Cannes, will open the 33rd Jerusalem Film Festival.

“We are happy to open this year’s festival with a film by one of the world’s most beloved and acclaimed filmmakers in recent decades, Pedro Almodóvar. Julieta is a cinematic celebration – a colorful, exciting, fun and thought-provoking film,” said Noa Regev, topper of Jerusalem Cinematheque and exec director of Jerusalem fest. “The aesthetic experience offered by the film will no doubt be even greater when shown on the giant screen at the Sultan’s Pool. Like most of Almodóvar’s works, it is focused on female protagonist and deals with women’s power.”

Based on a trio of short stories by Pulitzer-winning Canadian author Alice Munro, “Julieta” stars Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte in the title role, at different ages. Rossy de Palma also toplines. Pic will be released by Lev Cinemas in Israel on July 8, a day after its festival opening.

Jerusalem fest, which previously opened with Almodovar’s “All About my Mother” and “Talk to Her,” will kick off with “Julieta” in “commemoration of two inspirational female figures of Israeli Cinema who are no longer with us – Lia van Leer, founder of the festival, and filmmaker Ronit Elkabetz,” said Regev, who works with artistic director Elad Samorzik.

Jerusalem fest will indeed host a tribute to Elkabetz, the actress and filmmaker who died of cancer in April and has been mourned by the Israeli and international film communities.

The tribute to Elkabetz will include the special screening of her feature debut “To Take a Wife,” in which she also stars. “To Take a Wife” was the first film of a trilogy penned and directed by Elkabetz and her brother, Shlomi Elkabetz. The trilogy was completed by “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” a Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight player that marked Ronit Elkabetz’s last film. On top of earning critical acclaim, “Gett” shed light of women who are faced with unfair, archaic divorce laws in Israel and prompted a heated debate at home and beyond.

The festival will also bow an international competition lineup which will be fully announced in the next few days. So far, Rúnar Rúnarsson’s Icelandic coming-of-age drama “Sparrows” and Danish helmer Tobias Lindholm’s Oscar-nominated “A War” have been selected to compete as part of the new international section that’s being backed by New Jersey-based Wilf Family Foundation.

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Penelope Cruz to star in Fortitude’s ‘Layover’

Penelope Cruz to star in Fortitude’s 'Layover'

Nadine de Barros and her team will kick off sales in Cannes on the idiosyncratic road movie. Fortitude International is financing Layover and will represent international rights on the Croisette.

Penelope Cruz will also produce the story from writer-director Toni Kalem’s adaptation from the novel by Lisa Zeidner about a successful travelling saleswoman on the verge of a nervous breakdown who goes on the lam and finds her way back to herself.

Animus Films’ Jim Young and Serena Films’ Tatiana Kelly also produce. Fortitude International’s de Barros and Robert Barnum serve as executive producers.

“Toni Kalem’s beautifully layered adaptation of Lisa Zeidner’s acclaimed book is a provocative blend of humour and heartbreak,” said Kelly. “With the addition of the incomparable Penelope Cruz to our team, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase such strong female talent both in front of and behind the camera.”

“We are looking forward to working with the outstanding Penelope Cruz on this film both on screen and behind the scenes,” said de Barros. “Toni is the perfect match to direct this project and bring a strong woman’s perspective to this personal and enthralling story of escape and self-discovery.”

Fortitude has comedy Drunk Parents starring Alec Baldwin, Salma Hayek and Joe Manganiello in post, as well as The Brits Are Coming with Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Stephen Fry, Sofia Vergara, Parker Posey and Alice Eve; and Marjorie Prime starring Jon Hamm, Lois Smith, Geena Davis and Tim Robbins.

Vincent-N-Roxxy starring Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz premiered at Tribeca recently. The Bachelors with J.K Simmons and Julie Delpy and The Tribes Of Palos Verdes starring Jennifer Garner are also in post.

In pre-production is the Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan comedy An Ideal Home, The Clapper with Ed Helms and Amanda Seyfried, Tom’s Dad with Will Ferrell set to star, and sci-fi Android with Olga Kurylenko.

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“Mean Dreams” has world premiere in Cannes

“Mean Dreams” has world premiere in Cannes

Mister Smith Entertainment will launch international sales on the crime thriller “Mean Dreams” that has its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. UTA Independent Film Group is handling U.S. rights.

Golden Globe nominee Bill Paxton (Training Day, Big Love, Nightcrawler) stars alongside newcomers Josh Wiggins and Sophie Nélisse, with Colm Feore. The pic is directed by Nathan Morlando (Citizen Gangster), written by Kevin Coughlin and Ryan Grassby, and produced by Woods Entertainment’s William Woods and euclid431 pictures’ Allison Black (Citizen Gangster).

The editor is Ronald Sanders (Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, A Dangerous Method, a long-time collaborator of David Cronenberg. The music is by composer/recording artist Son Lux, a.k.a. Ryan Lott, who has worked with artists including Lorde and Sufjan Stevens.

Elevation Pictures will distribute the film theatrically in Canada.

“Mean Dreams” is a tense and electrifying coming-of-age drama about a 15-year-old boy who steals a bag of drug money and runs away with the girl he loves while her violent and corrupt cop father hunts them down, embarking on a journey that will change their lives forever.

Local farm boy Jonas (Wiggins) meets the new girl next door, Casey (Nélisse), and is immediately taken with her. As young love blossoms between the two teenagers, Jonas also discovers that Casey’s abusive home life has reached a new level of danger. Jonas takes the lead in their escape by stealing a bag full of drug money from Casey’s corrupt father — local cop Wayne Caraway (Paxton). With the stolen cash as their only means to a better life, Casey flees with Jonas and together, under relentless pursuit from her father, they learn the hard truth of what it will take in order to survive. In the end, Casey and Jonas are forced to make a life-altering choice from which there will be no turning back.

Mister Smith Entertainment’s CEO David Garrett commented: “This is a movie we are proud to be representing in the Quinzaine. It is an exquisite piece of filmmaking, reminiscent of early Malick movies. Not to be missed.”

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Marilyn Monroe to Live in Cannes Film Festival Poster

Marilyn Monroe to Live in Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Film Festival is paying tribute to Marilyn Monroe by selecting her the icon of the 2012 festival, festival organizers said Tuesday.

The festival is featuring the late star on its new poster. “The festival poster captures Marilyn by surprise in an intimate moment where myth meets reality — a moving tribute to the anniversary of her passing, which coincides with the festival anniversary,” according to a festival statement. “She enchants us with this promising gesture: a seductively blown kiss.”

According to festival orgnaizers, “the festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation. Their coming together symbolizes the ideal of simplicity and grace.”

Monroe died 50 years ago. This will be the festival’s 65th anniversary.

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