The Hollywood Reporter's sixth Cannes Film Festival daily issue includes a look at how top distributor was robbed at the fest, exclusive news of Jenny Slate's new comedy and and a chat with Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn.
Robbed at Cannes
On May 14, when no one was home, a group of people broke into a rented house in Cannes being used as a base by A Company, a film licenser that specializes in acquiring movies for Central and Eastern Europe. Alexander van Dulmen said the thieves made off with up to $35,000 worth of money, equipment and jewelry, including a pricey watch. But the local police's response to the burglary was a shrug. "They said, 'It's the Cannes Film Festival. What do you expect?'"
Obvious Child Again
Jenny Slate is reuniting with Obvious Child writers Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm for the comedy Landline, which Robespierre will direct. Set in 1995 Manhattan, the film centers on two sisters (Slate and newcomer Abby Quinn) who debate what to do when they learn that their father (John Turturro) is cheating on their mother (Edie Falco).
"Sex Pistols of Cinema"
After Only God Forgives and Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn is back in competition in Cannes with The Neon Demon, a horror film set in Los Angeles' fashion world. It features a female protagonist: Jesse, played by Elle Fanning, an aspiring model who moves to L.A., only to be assaulted by beauty-obsessed women who want, literally, to devour her youth. Refn spoke to THR about his love for '70s disco, his search to find "the 16-year-old girl inside of me" and his hot deal with Amazon.
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