Harvey Weinstein Makes Early Deals At Cannes
At Cannes’ Martinez Hotel, Harvey Weinstein held court at a party for his company’s production and distribution slate, confirming his upteenth return to the independent film industry he helped spur.
After the company’s restructuring and a big box office win with “The King’s Speech,” 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 “The Iron Lady,” 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 Hazanavicius’s “The Artist,” a black-and-white silent film set in 1927 Hollywood that has its world premiere on Sunday, and Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s martial arts drama “Wu Xia” (“Dragon”).
While Sarah Jessica Parker (who appears in the Weinsteins’ upcoming romantic comedy “I Don’t Know How She Does it”), Adrien Brody and Asian actress Tai Wang (“Wu Xia”) 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.