Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu On How Cannes Jury Came To Unanimous Decision For Palme d’Or Winner ‘Parasite’ – Press Conference

Bacurau which shared the jury prize with Ladj Ly's Les Miserables follows a filmmaker who decides to travel to a village in the interior of Brazil to make a documentary. As days go by, he begins to discover that the locals are not exactly what they appear to be and hide dangerous secrets.
"There's a feeling that Brazilian is being torn down from the inside, so I hope this prize will help us get funding," said Filho.
Said Elle Fanning, who was the youngest member on this year's jury, "It's a fable, a beautiful fable, it deals with issues that felt personal and vulnerable and emotional. It's quite precious."
The movie in its encore screening this afternoon at Cannes played to great cheers at the Debussy Theatre, both during a riveting middle section of the film and when the credits rolled. Last year, Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda took home the Palme for Shoplifters which was nominated for a foreign language Oscar. It's the second-back-to-back Palme win for an Asian director here at the fest. Last time Joon-ho was here, he had Okja, a Netflix movie which as we know rubbed French exhibs the wrong the way because it was a movie from the streaming service.
His mind and body are thinking of his cousin who is a martyr…Religion educates the body." "Cinema portrays life," said Luc, "it leaves things which the movie captures with the movement of the body. We were trying to film a young boy who is fanaticized.
"The erotic dimensions of the film wasn't fought for by anybody. There was great complicity and a mutual understanding (with the actors). I tried to provide eroticism through new images," said the filmmaker. I'm very pleased audiences found this to be erotic, because some people said it lacked eroticism.
No one person, studio executive or awards journalist pundit can predict who'll win here, and that's exactly the word to describe tonight. In an awards laden film industry in which various guild shows often spoil who will ultimately win at the Oscars, Cannes remains an oasis. Unpredictable. Refresh for updates: We're here live at the Cannes Film Festival winners press conference.
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Celine Sciamma took best screenplay for her film Portrait of Lady on Fire which NEON is handling in a distribution deal with Hulu. Marianne must paint Heloise's wedding portrait. The film follows a female painter, Marianne, in Brittany in the 18th century who falls in love with her young subject Heloise, the daughter of the countess who is promised to a suitor. Critics made comparison to Alfred Hitchcock (specifically Rebecca). Sciamma spoke about the pic's eroticism.
Luc Dardenne, who with his brother Jean-Pierre Dardenne, said, "We never received this award. Young Ahmed follows a Belgian teenager hatches a plot to kill his teacher after embracing an extremist interpretation of the Quran. We thought this is really good for directors to get this award who deal with the actors, the DP, sound engineers and the whole crew." We were dreaming of it when we saw the Coen Brothers get it.
"There is the title Pain and Glory," said Banderas drawing a connection to his current feelings after winning, "Today, the glory I live it. Today is good news for my cardiologist: For a second, I thought I was going to faint." After 40 years, I've been nominated for practically everything but the Oscar. I've never been called to the stage at the Emmys, Tonys, Golden Globes — they never called me.
  I believe that images and ideas that are carried by stories can have the power to strike you in your solar plexus, and really change your mind…The world is ending, and we’re watching beautiful films." That said, is there's one film that hits you in the guy when it comes to the class war between rich and poor — it's Parasite. Iñárritu told Deadline before the festival, "I really believe in the liberating and humanizing power of cinema.
Said Alejandro González Iñárritu on how the jury came to a unanimous decision on Parasite, "The film is such a unique experience, it's an unexpected  film. There's an unexpected way that the film takes us through different genres, and spoke in a funny way about something to relevant and urgent and global in such a local film with efficiency." It took all of us.
Iñárritu said he agreed with Michael Moore's comments tonight on stage about cinema today, "how art is a reflection of the world."
"The cinema had to speak for itself," said the Birdman director. That said, Iñárritu reiterated that the jury had no political agenda or message to get across.
And of course, there's a knock on North Korea in the film. Parasite even has something to say on the declining environment. Not so, as South Korean director Bong Joon-ho finally got his due in the fifth time around taking the Palme d'Or for his family thriller Parasite about a poor working class family who finds themselves working in esteemed position for a rich family, an opportunity that goes very sideways. Many on the ground believed this would be Pedro Almodovar's year and that Pain and Glory had it in the bag.
The brothers were impressed by their young star Idir Ben Addi who served up some surprises for them on set during the 45-50 day shoot. "As Truffaut was saying, you don't direct a child, you give them some landmarks and an atmosphere, but he surprised us every so often," said Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Many read into the film that Banderas is playing Almodovar, and indeed, he acknowledged that today: "Yes, there is something of him (in the role)." Winning best actor for Pedro Almodovar's Pain and Glory was bittersweet for Antonio Banderas as his maestro wasn't there to also win. Banderas plays a film director in the pic who reflects on his life choices as his world comes crashing down around him.
We've been developing this project for ten years and it's a genre film, abut it's about Brazil and community and violence and we hope the prize will put a spotlight on the film." These films go under the radar at festivals. Said the pic's co-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, "The jury recognized what is a genre film.
Iñárritu mentioned he was grateful for Fanning's presence as a "millennial", providing opinions that were different from the older jury members.
NEON will be releasing Parasite in the U.S.
Iñárritu is the first jury president from Mexico in Cannes history. Iñárritu appeared tonight with eight other members of this year’s Cannes jury, including directors Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy), Robin Campillo (120 BPM), Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War) and actress Elle Fanning.
Some had a theory that Parasite was a dark horse: Given the sharp, thrilling camera movements in the film, it's the type of cinema the Oscar-winning Birdman director would love.

Sundance Grand Jury Prize Winner ‘Clemency’ Eyes Awards Season Release Date

 NEON was also behind Craig Gillespie’s runaway hit I, Tonya starring Margot Robbie. NEON's latest doc Apollo 11 has grossed a notable $8.5M at the domestic box office.” /> NEON recently earned an Academy Award nomination for Border; its upcoming slate also includes: Tom Harper’s Wild Rose starring Jessie Buckley; and Bong Joon-Ho’s highly-anticipated drama Parasite, which is In Competition at Cannes. The pic won a best supporting actress Oscar for Allison Janney and earned two noms for Best Editing and Robbie as Best Actress. NEON also released Matt Spicer's Sundance and Independent Spirit Award-Winner Ingrid Goes West starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen.
The pic also stars Richard Schiff (Man of Steel, “The West Wing”) and Wendell Pierce (“The Wire”, Selma). The film stars Oscar nominee Alfre Woodard as prison warden Bernadine Williams, who has become hardened over the years by her job on Death Row. Woodard and Hodge are already generating Oscar buzz and the pic currently counts 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. However, one inmate's fate (Aldis Hodge) has a serious impact on her as she is forced to confront the psychological and emotional demons that her job has created.
EXCLUSIVE: Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency, which took the Sundance Grand Jury Prize Award and was acquired at the fest by NEON, will open on Dec. 27, just in time for awards season.
Clemency was produced by ACE Pictures Entertainment, Bronwyn Cornelius Productions and Julian Cautherley.

Neon Takes U.S. Rights To ‘Monos’ – Sundance

The thriller features a score by Mica Levi, who did Under the Skin and Jackie. It will have its international premiere at the Berlinale in Panorama in February.
Camille Neel of Le Pacte said, "MONOS is a one-of-a-kind film and there is no one better to release this in the US than NEON. We are thrilled to partner with them and also happy to work with the UTA Independent Film Group on making this happen."
Neon's other activities at Sundance include premieres of Todd Douglas Miller's Apollo 11 and John Chester's The Biggest Little Farm.” />
"Making Monos was a life-changing adventure for myself and the team," Landes said. We all look forward to collaborating with them on the release in the U.S." "We could not be more excited by the reception at Sundance and the fact that Neon showed so much passion and understanding for the spirit of the film.
Landres co-wrote the film's screenplay with Alexis Dos Santos. The producers are Landes & Fernando Epstein as well as Santiago Zapata and Cristina Landes. The cast features Nicholson as well as Moisés Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Deiby Rueda, Karen Quintero and Laura Castrillón.
It was co-produced by Lemming Film (The Netherlands), Campo Cine (Argentina), Pandora (Germany), SnowGlobe (Denmark), Film I Väst (Sweden) and Mutante Cine (Uruguay). The film is a Le Pacte presentation of a Stela Cine production made with the support of Caracol Televisión. The deal was negotiated by NEON with UTA Independent Film Group and Le Pacte on behalf of the filmmakers.
Neon has acquired U.S. rights to Monos, from director Alejandro Landes, which world premiered Saturday night in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance.
After an ambush drives the squadron into the jungle, the mission begins to collapse. The teenage commandos, who have nicklnames like Rambo, Smurg, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom, perform military training exercises while watching over a prisoner and a conscripted dairy cow for a shadow force know only as The Organization. Monos is described as a "survivalist saga" tracking a young group of soldiers and rebels training on a remote mountain in Latin America with an American hostage played by Julianne Nicholson.

Focus Features-Working Title’s ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’ To Close AFI Fest

8 prior to its Christmas Day opening. Earlier today it was officially announced that Focus Features/Participant Media's Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex will make its world season premiere at AFI on Thursday, Nov.
Deadline hears from several that Josie Rourke's Mary Queen of Scots starring Oscar nominees Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I and Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart will make its world premiere on closing night, Nov. 15. EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features will not only open AFI Fest this November, but they will close the Hollywood festival as well.
7 in U.S./Canada. Mary Queen of Scots follows Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, which winds up getting her condemned to prison prior to her execution. House of Cards creator Beau Willimon adapted John Guy's book "Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart". The movie opens on Dec. Guy Pearce, David David Tennant and Gemma Chan also star. Working Title produced Mary Queen of Scots with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Debra Hayward producing.
Robbie earned a best actress Oscar nomination last year for her portrayal of disgraced Olympian ice skater Tonya Harding in NEON/30WEST's I, Tonya. Ronan was first nominated in the best supporting category at the Academy Awards for her turn in Focus Features' 2007 Atonement, followed by best actress nods for Fox Searchlight's 2015 title Brooklyn and last year's Lady Bird from A24.
Last year Deadline broke the news that Ridley Scott's All The Money in the World was closing AFI, however, the film was pulled from the event in the wake of Kevin Spacey's sexual allegations; Sony and the pic's financiers sent the movie back into reshoots with Christopher Plummer playing Spacey's role of J. Paul Getty.” />

Keira Knightley’s ‘Colette’ Robust in Start; ‘The Sisters Brothers’ Solid; ‘Ya Veremos’ Crosses $4M – Specialty Box Office

Noted Annapurna’s president of Distribution, Erik Lomis earlier this week: “We got involved almost immediately after reading the material and were thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate with this incredible team. As a company, we have been fans of Jacques and John C. Reilly for quite some time and loved the approach and vision they shared for the Western genre with this specific work in mind.”
The Sisters Brothers (Annapurna) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $122,028, Average $30,507
The Wife has cumed $4.97M as of Sunday morning. Starring Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce, the feature grossed $975,788 in 468 locations Friday to Sunday, averaging $2,085. And Sony Classics’ The Wife fell just shy of $5M this weekend. The Wife played 541 theaters the weekend prior, taking in over $1.22M.
“Sam Levinson has created a bold, visionary and ultimately cathartic response to the dumpster fire that is 2018. We're admittedly disappointed more people didn't come out this weekend, but those that did were loud and overwhelmingly positive. It’s going to take more time for Assassination Nation to find its audience, but even Heathers wasn’t made in a weekend.”
Ya Veremos (Pantelion/Lionsgate) Week 4 [114 Theaters] Weekend $136,000, Average $1,193, Cume $4,025,158
Bisbee ’17 (4th Row Films) Week 3 [9 Theaters] Weekend $12,780, Average $1,420, Cume $60,189
Back with the focus on limited runs, Bleecker Street’s Colette took the weekend’s best per theater average from its opening frame four runs at $39,197, also the best from the fall releases, albeit this is very early on.
God Bless The Broken Road (Freestyle Releasing) Week 3 [224 Theaters] Weekend $81,000, Average $362, Cume $2,705,824
Typically, the specialty box office does not spotlight titles opening in over a thousand locations, but with Michael Moore and a new title from NEON, this weekend will be one of the few exceptions. Moore’s Fahrenheit 11/9, released by Tom Ortenberg’s startup Briarcliff Entertainment, is the director’s widest opening weekend release at 1,719 theaters. This year has seen some impressive box office with documentaries, including the big three — Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, RBG and Three Identical Strangers, but any non-fiction making seven figures in its opening weekend would usually be noteworthy, though Moore has set a bar of his own and 11/9 appears to be OK at best. For comparisons sake, Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 played 868 theaters back in ’04 in its opening frame grossing $23.9M ($27,558 average). It went on to be the highest-grossing non-fiction of all time at over $119M. The title took in $3.1M.
National Geographic Documentary Film took Science Fair to five runs following its start with an exclusive run last weekend. The title took in over $12K in its three-day opener. Science Fair grossed $18,170 Friday to Sunday, averaging $3,643.
Pick Of The Litter (Sundance Selects) Week 4 [49 Theaters] Weekend $66,137, Average $1,350, Cume $268,014
Colette will head to a dozen markets in about 30 theaters next weekend. Added Foley: “In the third and fourth week, we’ll do more decision making to assess the market.”
The Dawn Hall (The Orchard) Week 2 [3 Theaters] Weekend $14,193, Average $4,731, Cume $774,179
Business was extremely strong Saturday and beyond just the prime shows which was a telling thing.” “It’s Keira Knightly, how do you not love her in a period piece.
The Mexican title took in $136K in 114 theaters over the weekend, averaging $1,193 bringing its cume to $4,025,158. Pantelion/Lionsgate’s Ya Veremos crossed $4M in its fourth frame.
Garry Wonogrand: All Things Are Photographable (Greenwich Entertainment) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $9,538, Cume $13,782
Annapurna will take The Sisters Brothers, which debuted at the recent Venice and Toronto film festivals, to the top ten markets in the coming week followed by the top 20 a week later.
Assassination Nation (NEON) NEW [1,403 Theaters] Weekend $1,028,600, Average $733
Three Identical Strangers (NEON/CNN Films) Week 13 [55 Theaters] Weekend $57,783, Average $1,051, Cume $12,193,712″ />
Tea With The Dames (Sundance Selects) NEW [1 Theater] Weekend $15,031
We The Animals (The Orchard) Week 6 [30 Theaters] Weekend $15,639, Average $521, Cume $370,166
Fahrenheit 11/9 (Briarcliff Entertainment) NEW [1,719 Theaters] Weekend $3,101,000, Average $1,804
The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 6 [468 Theaters] Weekend $975,788, Average $2,085, Cume $4,976,965
The marketplace can handle multiple robust openings on the specialty side. Sundance Selects bowed Roger Michell doc Tea With The Dames, featuring several revered British Dames of stage and screen, opening with an exclusive New York engagement for an estimated three-day $15K. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, also pulled in solid numbers, taking in $122K in four theaters, averaging $30,507. this weekend, averaging $39,197. Annapurna’s The Sisters Brothers with John C. And Greenwich Entertainment also opened documentary Garry Wonogrand: All Things Are Photographable with an exclusive New York showing, grossing $9,538. Bleecker Street’s Sundance debut Colette starring Keira Knightley, Dominic West and Denise Gough is estimated to have topped out the weekend with a $156,788 gross in four locations in New York and L.A.
Blaze (Sundance Selects) Week 6 [43 Theaters] Weekend $86,214, Average $2,005, Cume $451,328
The Bookshop (Greenwich Entertainment) Week 5 [69 Theaters] Weekend $70,449, Average $1,021, Cume $1,345,874
Science Fair (National Geographic Documentary Film) NEW [5 Theater] Weekend $18,170, Average $3,643, Cume $41,423
Lizzie (Roadside Attractions/Saban Films) Week 2 [240 Theaters] Weekend $256,510, Average $1,068, Cume $325,239
“This opens the fall season and it’s a contender. This is going to be a competitive fall, but this has momentum.” “This opened better than we had hoped and we had high hopes for this film,” said Bleecker Street’s president of Distribution Jack Foley Sunday morning.
NEON was refreshingly upfront about the film’s underperformance in its opening weekend. The feature grossed $1,028,600 for a slow $733 average. NEON took Sam Levinson’s crime comedy Assassination Nation to over fourteen hundred theaters in its opening weekend.
Last Wednesday, Fathom Events took the title to over 600 theaters for one-night run, which translated to $720,304 with “sell-outs across the country,” according to The Orchard with, “Number one in-complex postings for the night in over half of participating theaters.” There will be an encore Fathom showing of the title on October 8 in about 250 locations. In its second frame, The Orchard’s The Dawn Hall played three locations, taking in $14,193 ($4,731 average) bringing its total to $774,179.
The Sisters Brothers by Jacques Audiard, the French filmmaker’s first fully English-language title, had the runner-up highest PTA of the weekend at $30,507 from its opening four theaters. Distributor Annapurna said Sunday the audience breakdown was at 42% 25 – 34 year-olds with particularly large audiences at the Quad in New York.
The film opened in four theaters last weekend, grossing nearly $50K, averaging over $12K. Roadside Attractions and Saban Films took Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart starrer Lizzie to 240 runs in its second outing. The title took in $256,510 in 240 theaters, averaging $1,068.
Puzzle (Sony Pictures Classics) Week 8 [29 Theaters] Weekend $17,240, Average $594, Cume $1,928,066
Bleecker Street’s April opener Disobedience with Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams remains its biggest PTA opener of 2018, grossing over $237K in its opening three-day frame in five theaters, averaging $47,479. Foley said audiences were particularly strong at the Angelika in downtown Manhattan and gave praise to Colette’s star. It went on to cume over $3.4M. Foley said that the strong launch of Colette, as well as The Sisters Brothers, will “stimulate” the broader market, drawing audiences to movies.
Juliet, Naked (Roadside Attractions/Lionsgate) Week 6 [102 Theaters] Weekend $118,760, Average $1,164, Cume $3,247,047
Colette (Bleecker Street) NEW [4 Theaters] Weekend $156,788, Average $39,197