- Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
- Ohio gives Obama a thumbs down; Hillary Clinton tops GOP all-stars: poll
- Jesse Ventura suggests suit not over; HarperCollins could be next
- State Department: ‘No American is proud’ of certain CIA tactics
- Drug-filled drone crash outside S.C. prison sends police on alert
- GOP to Obama: Take your ‘golf cap off’ and get down to coal country
- Hamas cleric tells Jews: ‘We will exterminate you’
- San Diego Costco, Target shoppers shocked by plane crash in parking lot
- George W. Bush penning biography of father
- Israel vows to destroy Hamas tunnels
SPC’s Bernard, Barker on their best Cannes stories
Question of the Day
CANNES, France (AP) - The Cannes Film Festival is only half through, but it’s already been a banner festival for Sony Pictures Classics.
The specialty distributor has long been a major presence in Cannes, but rarely has it been as dominant. Sony Pictures Classics brought five films to present Cannes (their most ever), including competition entries “Foxcatcher,” by Bennett Miller, and Mike Leigh’s J.M.W. “Mr. Turner.” They also have the Russian hockey documentary “Red Army,” Zhang Yimou’s Chinese period film “Coming Home” and “Whiplash,” an American indie award-winner at Sundance.
It has added two more during the festival: the fashion icon biopic “Saint Laurent” and the episodic Argentine satire “Wild Tales.”
Cannes is a familiar stomping ground for SPC co-founders Tom Bernard and Michael Barker. They haven’t missed a festival in three decades: “Same hotel, same room,” says Barker. “I hide stuff in the room to see if it makes it through the year,” says Bernard.
As two of the top players in art house cinema and one of the most likable, long-lasting duos in the industry, they’ve overseen hundreds of releases that have yielded some 100 Oscar nominations. They’ve distributed films for Woody Allen (including his upcoming “Magic in the Moonlight”), Pedro Almodovar and many others.
Barker: Tom and I at Orion (Pictures) in the mid-80s released Akira Kurasawa’s “Ran” and he always kept up with us. That lunch started with me wearing a white shirt and my pen burst in my pocked. That was the year of “Last Action Hero” and they were having a big event at the Hotel du Cap. Someone gave me a T-shirt for “Last Action Hero.” And I’ll never forget, that was the same year that Madonna had that movie “Truth or Dare.” We sat out on the terrace of the du Cap with Kurosawa and at the next table was Madonna having lunch. She wanted to meet Kurosawa and he said through his translator, “No, I don’t think so.”
Barker: “Midnight in Paris.” I had worn these brown boots before. And the guy said, “You can’t go in.” I said, “It’s our movie!” So I had to go across the street and buy some black shoes and leave my boots with the guy in the shoe store to pick up the next day.” I always carry an extra bow tie in my pocket for fear that they won’t let you in.
Bernard: The only guy I’ve seen get is Mike Tyson. He showed up with a bright yellow jacket and an open shirt and they let him right in.
Barker: We learned you got to be careful about being invited on boats for events because then you can’t get off the freaking boat.
Bernard: We lost “Cinema Paradiso” locked on a boat. There was this boat in the ‘80s, it was full of exhibitors. It was called the Young Millionaires Club. There was no way out.
TWT Video Picks
By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
- Al Gore's climate-changers at EPA hearings foiled by cool temperatures
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emails
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- House votes to sue President Obama over claims of presidential power
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- NAPOLITANO: Is the president incompetent or lawless?
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world