Cannes Film Fest 2021: News (Briefly)

Indie Boom Threatened by COVID Insurance Cost

COVID-19 did not shut down the independent movie business, but industry folks describe the cost of insurance coverage as prohibitive. One executive describes the situation as “scary as all heck.”

Big Deals 

In one of the biggest deals in this year’s Cannes Film Marketm Sony Pictures Classics acquired rights in the U.S., China and multiple territories for The Son, Florian Zeller’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning drama The Father.

 

Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Where Is Anne Frank?

That is the title of Ari Folman’s latest Cannes film, 13 years after he brought Waltz With Bashir to the Croisette. He gives the famous diary a twist, claiming: “Somehow the meaning of Anne Frank has been lost and she’s now a name that’s put on buildings and as a tourist attraction.”

Thai Auteur and Tilda Swinton Go to Colombia…

Part of the story of arthouse favorite Apichatpong Weerasethakul and his Cannes competition title Memoria. He shares all sorts of fascinating insights into his way of working and his first feature shot outside his native Thailand and his first with a big international star in the lead role.

King Crab

The central character, Luciano, and the attention-grabbing title The Tale of King Crab, from Italian directors Matteo Zoppis and Alessio Rigo de Righi shluld ear  attention in Cannes, when it plays at the series, Un Certain Regard.