Today Harvey Weinstein and his team invited journalist and industry folks here in Cannes to announce their upcoming slate of films, and to talk up their new partnership with a Chinese production company. China’s vast market, of course, is being touted as the heir apparent to the future of film and Weinstein Co is getting in on that action now before doomsday. But the reason many of us were there was to see what hand TWC would be playing this upcoming year.
Some of the movies are lighter fare not destined to be part of the Oscar conversation. Still others probably won’t be released in time for consideration this year. But there are a couple of significant films worth talking about. First up, Macbeth, starring Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown). Slated for release in 2015, it still seems theoretically possible that Macbeth could screen for early Oscar contention. On the basis of that hope alone I don’t know how you come out of today’s event and declare “no Oscar contenders in sight,” as Anne Thompson has just done over at Thompson on Hollywood. Opening Christmas Day, Tim Burton’s Big Eyes has Oscar cred, with a promising performance by Amy Adams as Margaret Keane, painter of immensely popular doe-eyed portraits for which she received no recognition because her husband, played by Christoph Waltz, took all the credit. Both of these films revolve around strong female characters. So once again we see Weinstein Co. bucking the recent trend in Hollywood of having women relegated to the shadows cast by leading men.