Hot Titles at the Cannes Film Festival Market 2016
By Variety Staff
Director: Michael Cuesta
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Nick Wechsler
Key Cast: Michael Keaton
Plot: Spy thriller based on Vince Flynn’s blockbuster books.
Sales: Lionsgate Intl.
AMERICAN WRESTLER: THE WIZARD
Director: Alex Ranarivelo
Producers: Ali Afshar, Hadeel Reda
Key cast: William Fichtner, Jon Voight
Plot: Determined to fit in, an immigrant teen facing racism and bullying joins his high school wrestling team and against all odds, leads his team to the state championships.
Sales: Radiant Films Intl.
ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD
Director: Trish Sie
Producers: Stephenie Meyer, Meghan Hibbett, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel
Key cast: Maddie Hasson,
Plot: Based on the popular YA novel “Anna Dressed in Blood.”
Sales: The Solution Entertainment Group (intl.)
Director: Andrew Niccol
Producers: Oliver Simon, Daniel Baur, Andrew Niccol
Key cast: Clive Owen, Amanda Seyfried
Plot: Future-set sci-fi thriller in which memories are recorded and crime almost ceases to exist.
Sales: CAA (domestic), Sierra/Affinity (intl.)
BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Producers: Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller
Key cast: Vince Vaughn
Plot: A former boxer is thrown into prison where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence, turning the place into a savage battleground.
Sales: WME Global (domestic), XYZ Films (intl.)
Director: Stéphanie Di Giusto
Producer: Alain Attal
Key cast: Soko, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry, Lily-Rose Depp, François Damiens
Plot: Biopic of revolutionary dance icon Loïe Fuller
Sales: Wild Bunch (intl.)
Director: Clay Tweel
Producers: Seth Gordon, Kimi Culp, Scott Fujita, Tom Lavia, Kevin Lake, Mary Rohlich, Thomas McEachin
Plot: A doc about former NFL player Steve Gleason and his wife, Michel, as they begin their journey of parenthood weeks after Steve is diagnosed with ALS. Open Road/Amazon Studios have U.S. distribution.
Sales: The Exchange (intl.)
Director: Ken Scott
Producers: Christian Larouche, Ken Scott, Henning Molfenter
Plot: Pic is based on a radio documentary by Karen Levine dealing with Holocaust survivors.
Sales: Seville Intl.
Director: Will Gluck
Producers: Olive Bridge, IM Global
Key cast: Mila Kunis, Bryan Cranston
Plot: An eccentric group of high school teachers score big when they develop a system to predict the winner of every Sunday football game.
Sales: IM Global
Director: Toni Kalem
Producers: Penelope Cruz, Jim Young, Tatiana Kelly
Key cast: Penelope Cruz
Plot: A successful traveling saleswoman decides to go on the lam from her life.
Sales: Fortitude Intl.
Director: Rob Reiner
Producers: Matthew George, Tim White, Trevor White, Liz Glotzer, Rob Reiner
Key cast: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman, Richard Jenkins
Plot: A look at the early presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson, after the Kennedy assasination.
Sales: CAA (U.S.), Voltage Pictures (intl.)
Director: Nathan Morlando
Produced by: William Woods, Allison Black
Key cast: Bill Paxton, Josh
Wiggins, Sophie Nélisse,
Plot: 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. The pic makes its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (intl.)
Director: Martin Zandvliet
Producers: Ken Kao, John Linson, Art Linson
Key cast: Jared Leto
Plot: In post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned U.S. soldier, who is released with the help of his
yakuza cellmate, sets out to
earn the mob’s respect and
repay his debt.
Sales: Bloom (intl.)
Director: Raja Gosnell
Producers: Open Road, Deepak Nayar, Philip von Alvensleben
Youngki Lee, Harry Linden
Plot: A cast of talking canines
stars in an adventure taking place in the world of dog shows.
Sales: FilmNation (intl.)
Director: Aaron Woodley
Producers: Tracy Grant,
Woo-Kyung Jung, Mike Karz,
Youngki Lee, Harry Linden
Key cast: Jessica Biel, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Stewart, Hilary Swank
Plot: Animated adventure in which Spark and his friends try to retake Bana, a planet ruled by an evil overlord.
Sales: DDI (into.)
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