Harvey Weinstein Makes Early Deals At Cannes
At Cannesâ€™ Martinez Hotel, Harvey Weinstein held court at a party for his companyâ€™s production and distribution slate, confirming his upteenth return to the independent film industry he helped spur.
After the companyâ€™s restructuring and a big box office win with â€œThe Kingâ€™s Speech,â€ The Weinstein Company has been notably aggressive in the early days of the film festival, making pre-emptive purchases of movies based on mere footage.
After seeing just five minutes of â€œThe Iron Lady,â€ a drama starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, The Weinstein Company bought U.S. distribution rights the following day. The Weinsteins also won bids on French director Michel Hazanaviciusâ€™s â€œThe Artist,â€ a black-and-white silent film set in 1927 Hollywood that has its world premiere on Sunday, and Peter Ho-Sun Chanâ€™s martial arts drama â€œWu Xiaâ€ (â€œDragonâ€).
While Sarah Jessica Parker (who appears in the Weinsteinsâ€™ upcoming romantic comedy â€œI Donâ€™t Know How She Does itâ€), Adrien Brody and Asian actress Tai Wang (â€œWu Xiaâ€) walked down a makeshift red carpet in a backroom of the Martinez hotel, posing for paparazzi, Weinstein and his team milled around with industry professionals and invited press.