I’m working myself up into a minor frenzy over the new Micheal Haneke movie. It’s become one of the things I’m most interested in seeing this year, and as the Cannes website had at one point hoped to post at least trailers, and in some cases the first few minutes of films in the fest, I’ve been looking literally every six hours for footage from Das Weiße Band / The White Ribbon.

Hopefully now that Sony Pictures Classics snagged the movie, we won’t have to wait long to see a trailer. The company bought the picture before it could even screen at the fest, which is slightly significant — they didn’t wait to see how audiences would respond. Granted, the company also distributed Cache, which did respectable business and garnered real critical acclaim. (It was my top movie of 2005.)

Dave Poland notes that SPC also picked up Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, the fest’s closing night film, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as Stravinsky and Anna Mouglalis as Chanel. Oddly, SPC already has Coco avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tatou as Chanel. Adds a little bit of intrigue to today’s buy — is this a pre-emptive burial, will we see the Mikkelsen/Mouglalis movie a year after Tatou’s, or what?

I will be posting some other Cannes materials soon, but if you want to
get the jump you can just explore the website, which already has the Up press conference posted in full.