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IM Global Cannes Slate Revealed

May 16, 2017

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IM Global Founder and CEO Stuard Ford have confirmed that one of the leading independent studio’s biggest ever Cannes slates ahead of the 70th annual edition of the festival that premieres Wednesday, May 17.

In the documentary section they have MY GENERATION, a bold, colorful, musically driven look back at the impact of Britain’s working class cultural revolution of the sixties narrated and presented by the one and only, Michael Caine.

The highly anticipated documentary is Oliver Stone’s THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS. The three-time Academy Award winner director will be in Cannes to present select footage to international buyers in a private invitation only screening event. In addition, the documentary will air on Showtime beginning June 12th, which promises to be a major broadcast and news media event.

In the film area: Johnny Depp starring in the comedy drama RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE, Viggo Mortensen’s thriller UNABOMB,  based on the real-FBI hunt for the “Unabomber killer” in the nineties; noir-thriller SERENITY starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke and Uma Thurman; and sci-fi romantic drama ZOE starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux and Theo James.

Michael Rothstein, President of International Sales and Distribution along with his team will launch sales on James McAvoy’s Bosnian wartime drama ESCAPE; Brian De Palma thriller DOMINO starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and continuing sales for the currently shooting Keanu Reeves thriller SIBERIA.

Here’s the full details on the slate:

  • RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE

Written and directed by Wayne Roberts, the film stars Johnny Depp. Brian Kavanagh-Jones and Greg Shapiro produce.

When Richard (Depp), a world weary college professor, is given a life-changing diagnosis he decides to throw all pretense and conventions to the wind and live his life as boldly and freely as possible. With a biting sense of humor, a reckless streak, and a touch of madness, he binges through every vice– drinking, smoking, sex and hurling blunt insults at anyone who annoys him, giving him more pleasure than he’s had in years. His rollicking journey and bravura assault on the status quo as he runs out of the clock leads him to come to terms with the truth and embrace the people he loves for a final hurray. Richard Says Goodbye is a hilarious and devastating comedy drama about how one man decides to live life to the fullest at every moment he’s faced with the end of his journey.

 

  • UNABOMB

Starring Viggo Mortensen. Directed by Robert Lorenz. Lorenz, Michele Weisler and Greg Shapiro produce.

Unabomb is the enthralling true story of one of the greatest manhunts in history. FBI agent Jim Freeman (Mortensen) takes on the long unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorized Americans with sixteen bombings over the course of two decades. In an unprecedented show of dedication and determination, Freeman and his unconventional team travel the country piecing together a profile of the infamous hooded suspect. But the closes they get to narrowing down his identity, the more deadly and personal the attacks become in this gripping real-life thriller.

 

  • SERENITY

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Uma Thurman, and Djimon Hounsou. Greg Shapiro directs.

Written and directed by Steven Knight, this is a mysterious tale of a fishing boat captain whose past is about to crash up against his life on a small island in the Caribbean and ensnare him in a new reality that might not be it seems to be.

 

  • ZOE

Directed by Drake Doremus, starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux, Christina Aguilera, Theo James, Rashida Jones and Miranda Otto.

Scott Free produces. Written by Rich Greenberg, the film tells the story of two colleagues (McGregor and Seydoux) at a revolutionary research lab who design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound than they could ever have imagined.

 

  • ESCAPE

Written by Vanya Asher and directed by Colm McCarthy. Starring James McAvoy. David Goyer, Kevin Turen and Camille Gatin produce.

Caught in Sarajevo as the city is turned into an explosive battleground, a professor (McAvoy) sacrifices his own safety to stay behind and continue teaching. But as the massacre escalates, his window of opportunity to join his family is quickly closing and he must fight his way out amidst the turmoil. The film is a tension-filled harrowing and heartbreaking tale about a man caught between dedication to family and country.

 

  • DOMINO

Directed by Brian De Palma and starring Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Christina Hendricks. Written by Petter Skavlan. Peter Garde and Michael Schønnemann produce.

In this fast-paced thriller, legendary director Brian De Palma weaves a multi-national tale about Christian (Coster-Waldau), a Copenhagen police officer seeking justice for his partner’s murder by a mysterious man called Imran. In a world wracked by terror and suspicion, Christian and Alex (Hendricks), a fellow cop and his late partner’s mistress, embark on a mission to hunt Imran down, but are unwittingly caught in a cat and mouse chase with a duplicitous CIA agent who is using Imran as a pawn to trap ISIS members. Soon Christian and Alex are racing against the clock– not only seeking revenge, but to save their own lives. From the frosty cities of Scandinavia to the sun-drenched landscapes of Spain, De Palma sets up a spectacular battle of multiple opposing forces and leaves the audience breathless until the climactic moment when he learn who will be the last person to survive.

 

  • SIBERIA

Directed by Matthew Ross, starring Keanu Reeves. Written by Scott B. Smith, the film is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel and produced by Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Gabriela Bacher of Summerstorm/Film House Germany, Braden Aftergood and David Hansen.

An American diamond merchant travels to Russia to sell rare blue diamonds of questionable origin. As the deal begins to collapse he falls into an obsessive relationship with a Russian café owner in a small Siberian town. As their passion builds, so does the treacherous world of the diamond trade from which he is unable to extricate himself. Both collide as the American man desperately looks for escape in a world with no exit.

 

  • MY GENERATION

Directed by David Batty and written by Ian Le Frenais and Dick Clement. Michael Caine, Simon Fuller, Dick Clement, Ian Le Frenais, and Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly produce.

My Generation is a perceptive and entertaining journey through the “Swinging Sixties” and the societal upheaval that still resonates today in the UK and around the world, told with film clips, archival footage, music of the era, and the participation of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Mary Quant, Marianne Faithfull, and many other icons. Michael Caine, with his unique viewpoint and gifts as a raconteur, serves as our guide through the cultural revolution that rocked the world in the 60s with an insider’s unique, humorous and moving insights.

 

  • THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS

Written and directed by Oliver Stone, this documentary is produced by Fernando Sulichin, New Element Media and Rob Wilson.

With an unprecedented access to Vladimir Putin’s professional and personal worlds, Oscar-winning writer and director Oliver Stone interviewed the Russian leader more than a dozen times over the course of two years, most recently in February following the U.S. Presidential elections. Since first becoming the president of Russia in 2000, Putin has never been asked such deeply probing question nor spoken at such length nor in such detail to a Western interviewer, leaving no topic off limits. In this riveting documentary, provocateur Stone takes us behind the closed doors of the Kremlin and Putin’s official residence outside of Moscow to crack open Putin’s icy facade with surprising results. An important, historic and entertaining not-to-be missed documentary.

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