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NEWS                                                                                                  Sunday 19 May 2019
                                                                                                                                   DAY 6

                 THE BUZZ
                 OF THE DAY                                                                                   ARCLIGHT

                 FASHION                                                                                      POSSESSES
                 FINDS ITS                                                                                    CROISETTE

                 FEET IN                                                                                              RCLIGHT Films has sold

                 CANNES                                                                                               multiple territories on
                                                                                                                      Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi
                                                                                                                      thriller Possessor. The film
                         T TIMES, it seems like there                                                          A stars Andrea Riseborough,
                         are two parallel universes in                                                        Christopher Abbott, Rossif Sutherland,
                         Cannes — fashion and film.                                                           Tuppence Middleton, with Sean Bean
                         Just read daily coverage in the                                                      and Jennifer Jason Leigh.  Well Go will
                  A fashion bible WWD, versus                                                                 release the film in the US and Elevation
                 the news published in any of the film                                                        Pictures has taken the film for Canada.
                 trades. While stories abound in                                                              International deals have been completed
                 publications, including the Cannes Market
                 News, on the latest film deals, the fashion                                                  with Sandrew Metronome in
                 press, it seems, is covering another Festival.                                               Scandinavia, Turner Broadcasting for
                 Consider this year’s Cinémoi ‘Stars                                                          Latin America, Spentzos for Greece and
                 United for Good’ Haute Couture Gala                                                          Cyprus, Top Film Distribution in the CIS
                 which raised funds for the Children                                                          territories, and Italia for the Middle East.
                 Uniting Nations organisation. The                                                            “The response from our international
                 fundraiser also doubled as a catwalk, with                                                   partners speaks volumes about the
                 young designers showcasing their work.                                                       quality of Cronenberg’s Possessor,” said
                 This included Jérome Blin, Antonio                                                           Arclight topper Gary Hamilton. “There is
                 Ortega, Atelier Mimii, Damané from                                                           an undeniable appetite for high-concept
                 France; Gert-Johan Coetzee from South                                                        genre films like this and we have no
                 Africa; and Ali Karoui from Tunisia.   Evan Ross and                                         doubt that sci-fi fans around the world
                 Guests were entertained by Ashlee   Ashlee Simpson                                         © DR
                 Simpson and Evan Ross, DJ Nickie                                                             will not be disappointed.” Penned by
                 Cartel, Joel Rothwell and Paul   and supportive relationships into the lives   by Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Gucci,   Cronenberg, Possessor tells the story of
                 Oakenfold. Celebrities in attendance   of youths through a mentoring   Louis Vuitton and Prada, among others.   Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a
                 include Andy Loveday, Beverly Todd,   programme that has become a model for   The show will be accessorised with   secretive organisation that uses brain-
                 Dena Rassam, Emmanuel Kelly, Emily   the rest of the country.   Chopard’s  High Jewelry collection.  implant technology to inhabit other
                 Shah, Eugenia Kuzmina, Lady Victoria   For the past few years, there has been a   Other fashion events this year included a   people’s bodies to commit assassinations
                 Hervey, Mafalda, Radha Mitchell and   fashion show component to the annual   Dior and Vogue dinner, the Vanity Fair   on behalf of high-paying clients. When
                 Wendy Starland. Proceeds from the gala   amfAR gala which is overseen by the   party and Kering’s Women In Motion   something goes wrong, Vos finds herself
                 went to Children Uniting Nations which   French fashion editor Carine Roitfeld.    series. Meanwhile, Naomi Campbell’s   trapped in the mind of an unwitting
                 was founded to protect the children who   This year’s show will include one-of-a-  Fashion for Relief show will take place in   suspect (Abbott) with an equal appetite
                 have no voice, who often lead fragile lives   kind looks from a who’s who of the   London this year, instead of Cannes, and   for violence. Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman,
                 due to circumstances beyond their   world’s most celebrated fashion designers.   designer Phlipp Plein, who hosted a
                 control. Children Uniting Nations is a   Forty top models will participate in the   catwalk at his Cannes house last year, is   and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media
                 proactive non-profit organisation based   We Can Be Heroes Collection runway   skipping Cannes this year.✦   (Enemy, Into the Forest) and Andy Starke
                 in Los Angeles that aims to bring stability   presentation, featuring original designs      Liza Foreman  of Rook Films (Free Fire, Kill List) are
                                                                                                              producing. Gary Hamilton and Ryan
                                                                                                              Hamilton will executive produce,
                                         NEW SECURE LINK PROVIDER                                             alongside Steven Squillante and David U.
                                                                                                              Lee of Leeding Media, Noah Segal and
                                         KICKS OFF SALES IN CANNES                                            Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures, and
                                                                                                              Tony Roman. Possessor is an official
                 CANNES 2019 sees the launch of Privio, a   couldn’t find a solution that would allow   Privio currently has over 30 customers   Canada-UK co-production, presented by
                 new secure screening platform that allows   them to send private files in a secure   worldwide, including Match Factory,   Ingenious Media, and produced with the
                 users to send watermarked video files   way,” Besync director Baptiste Chiri said.    Huanxi Media and MK2 Films. The platform   participation of Telefilm Canada and
                 around the world. According to its   He worked with them on a beta version of   is already sending over 150,000 links   Ontario Creates. ✦
                 developers, the platform’s USPs include   the platform and a few months after the   annually, amounting to some 30 years of
                 the instant availability of the burned   first version, other sales and distribution   cumulative viewing each year. According      Liza Foreman
                 watermark on the video, which can’t be   companies joined the project, including   to Pierre Mazars, co-founder of sales
                 erased, and the provision of accurate   Indie Sales, Kinology, Charades, Jour2Fête   company Charades: “Since the launch of
                 screening reports.  Privio was originally   and Celluloïd Dreams.  Charades, with thousands of links sent, we
                 developed by Besync, a company   Martin Gondre, co-founder of Indie Sales’   have never seen any hacking or file-loss
                 specialising in IT management for French   new outfit Best Friend Forever, said of the   problems.” Kinology founder Grégoire   NEWS  THE  OFFICIAL  DAIL Y
                 cinema companies. It is launching official   platform: “It allows us to send our films   Melin added: “Privio is practical, reliable,
                 sales in Cannes, with a special offer for the   with all the necessary security. We can   and fast. It creates personalised and   JOIN US ON US ON
                 Festival period. “The idea was born five   control everything, for example the   perfectly secure screeners and it
                 years ago after discussions with customers   number of internet protocols that can   monitors their viewing in real time. It is   FACEBOOK
                 from Memento Films International and   screen the content, when they can screen   the best tool we know in the field.”✦
                 Haut et Court who were saying that they   it, and with what kind of watermark.”      Julian Newby

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