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ABEL FERRARA writes to Screen Comment

"Welcome to New York" came out last Friday in one theater in the U.S.

It's been a few days now since Sam Weisberg published his article about the rivalry between two men (a director, Abel Ferrara, and a distributor, Vincent Maraval) and the former's claims to artistic prerogative surrounding the production and subsequent U.S. release of the movie "Welcome to New York." I sent a link of Sam's article to Abel Ferrara, who had also received financing from Paris-based ... more >

The (sort of) truth behind the two versions of Abel Ferrara’s “Welcome to New York”

Includes conversations with Abel Ferrara and Vincent Maraval [Wild Bunch]
Film will come out in one theater only in San Francisco

Today, after a six month-press war launched by filmmaker Abel Ferrara against his chief financier, Vincent Maraval (French distributor Wild Bunch's head honcho) and IFC Films, the R-rated cut of Ferrara’s originally unrated “Welcome to New York” is opening theatrically—to Ferrara’s chagrin—in the US. It is, however, only showing at one theater: The Roxie, in San Francisco. Elsewhere in this ... more >

French court rules against Abdellatif Kechiche, orders “Adele” filmmaker to pay back distributor MK2

Abdellatif Kechiche is a French-Tunisian filmmaker
Marin Karmitz is a film distributor, producer and operator of a chain of movie theaters

(PARIS) Here’s guessing you’re not going to see French cinéaste Abdellatif Kechiche and producer/distributor Marin Karmitz enjoying onion soup together at Le Sélect anytime soon. A court in France ruled that Palme D’Or recipient Kechiche (“Blue is the warmest color,” a.k.a. “La vie D’Adèle” in the original French title) did not fulfill the terms of the contract that bound him to MK2, the ... more >

Are France’s actors getting paid too much?

New polemic emerges on the heels of the Depardieu scandal

In an op-ed published on December 28 in the French daily Le Monde, Vincent Maraval, president and C.E.O of Wild Bunch, a major European distributor, decried what he views as the excessive pay earned by certain French actors with few, if any, titles turning out a profit. The blame, according to Maraval, lies in the French movie financing system. "Why pay these fees if the results do not materialize ... more >