CANNES FESTIVAL, Joe Cole in “A Prayer Before Dawn”

[Meridian Entertainment / Senorita Films]
Joe Cole and Vithaya Pansrigarm
Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire

Billy Moore is a British citizen who was caught with heroin while in Thailand and sent to jail, to later emerge a boxing champion. A white male who gets thrown in jail while sojourning in a completely foreign country and walks out of there a boxing champ makes for the sort of vivid, by-the-bootstraps survival story that movie producers love. As it were, "A Prayer Before Dawn" was adapted from a ... more >

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 >