CANNES — “It’s incredible to be back at Cannes with this kind of line-up,” an ebullient Harvey Weinstein enthused as the Weinstein Co. threw an early evening cocktail bash Friday to bally-hoo its upcoming movies.
Speaking to a crowded room full of buyers and press gathered at the Hotel Martinez, and hosted by vitaminwater, Weinstein Co. COO David Glasser kicked off the proceedings by showing clips from the Paul Rudd comedy My Idiot Brother, which TWC partnered with Ron Burkle to acquire at Sundance, and the documentary The Bully Project, which the company picked up at the recent Tribeca Film Festival.
Weinstein himself then took the floor to extoll a number of films the company is about to put into production: Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unleashed, a homage to the spaghetti Western set in the pre-Civil War South, which TWC will produce with Sony, which is handling international, and which Weinstein promised is “probably our biggest movie ever”; Paul Thomas Anderson’s tentatively-titled The Master, which Weinstein invited buyers to come to his office to read; and David O. Russell’s adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook.
He then introduced a fight sequence from Peter Chan’s Wu Xia — which will be retitled Dragon for U.S. consumption — before introducing Chan, who called the movie “probably the first film noir set in China.”
Weinstein also introduced trailers for My Week With Marilyn, starring Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, and Michael Hazanavicius’ The Artist, which is playing in a festival competition slot Sunday. TWC acquired the movie, which is set in Hollywood in 1927, earlier this week, and Weinstein cracked, “When I told the folks at home we were getting involved in a black-and-white silent movie, they called the lunatic asylum where they’ve put me a few times.”
The presentation culminated with a preview of the Sarah Jessica Parker comedy I Don’t Know How She Does It, a sort of Sex and the Married Girl.
Weinstein explained that the late Anthony Minghella first urged him to read the book by Allison Pearson on which the movie is based ten years ago. And by way of introducing Parker, Weinstein said, “I wish Anthony were around to see this because I know he’d love her and I know he’d love her performance.”
Parker claimed to be “slightly terrified about sharing some footage as she extolled the film as “the story of real and very relatable people — in particular one woman, who much like women all over the globe want to have a rich and meaningful life. It’s about the choices she makes to achieve that and the consequences of those decisions.”