Cannes 2011 Round-Up: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, SNOWTOWN, more find distributors

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 23rd, 2011

In the wake of what was a great, and quite eventful Cannes Film Festival, a few of the Croisette’s hottest commodities have finally found themselves a home.

First up, one of the hottest films from this year’s festival, Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN has been nabbed by none other than Oscilloscope, making it one of their biggest acquisitions to this date.

The film stars Tilda Swinton as a mother who must deal with her son after he goes on a high school killing spree, and is based on the 2003 book penned by Lionel Shriver.  Becoming one of the festival’s most talked about films, KEVIN was far and away the most interesting pick up to see post-Cannes, and is in the perfect hands with Oscilloscope.  A wonderful distributor, they are the perfect crew to give this film the perfect release.

And then there is IFC.  Boy, oh boy, have IFC had a field day.

The distributor has picked up both Luc and Pierre Dardenne’s THE KID WITH THE BIKE and Maiwenn’s much talked about POLISS for their Sundance Selects lineup, and even the brutal Australian drama, SNOWTOWN for their Midnight lineup.  Personally, as a fan of IFC films, these are perfect pickups for the distributor, particularly the latter, which is right at home in the Midnight lineup.  Sadly, I missed each of these films while in Cannes, but our faithful leader, Chase, saw SNOWTOWN, and loved it, so here’s  to hoping this isn’t the last we heard of it.

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