Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams Cannes May 18, 2010


Harvey Weinstein said he’d bring it to Cannes because the stamp of approval is really important.” It just so happened that Cianfrance is benefiting from a relative lack of worldwide celebrities or strong American films — and Valentine may emerge from the festival with stronger buzz than any other film.

“Being one of the few American films and the only independent American feature is just amazing,” said Cianfrance. “I’d love to see Ryan and Michelle get rewarded for going so raw, to the heavens and the basement.”

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Blue Valentine picked up by Harvey Weinstein

‘”Blue Valentine” is the consummate awards contender ‘ With the low seven-figure purchase, Harvey Weinstein was able to get in the awards game relatively cheaply — a lot more cheaply than he would making an awards movie from scratch.

“Blue Valentine” is the consummate awards contender. The film, which includes an unflinching sequence at an abortion clinic and a lengthy oral sex scene, may have a fight on its hands with the ratings folks at the Motion Picture Association of America. In a statement, Harvey Weinstein said: “The quality of the film and daringness of the filmmakers is astounding. As for Ryan and Michelle Williams, their performances are incendiary.”
The Weinstein Co. nabbed U.S., Canadian and Pan-Asian satellite territory rights to Derek Cianfrance’s romantic drama starring the pair in a low-seven-figure deal.

WME Global chief Graham Taylor was in an anxious huddle at a restaurant off Main Street well after midnight Thursday with “Blue Valentine” producers (and his personal valentine) Lynette Howell, Jamie Patricof and Alex Orlovsky, (the team behind the 2006 Sundance hit “Half Nelson”) as all-night negotiations were going down. IFC Films and Sony Pictures Classics were also said to be in the mix.

“Blue Valentine” offers the possibility of pitching both a lead male and female, as well as the filmmakers, particularly director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance, who developed the script for years and is said to have written more than 60 drafts of the script before the Incentive film fund and WME kick-started it last spring. With the low seven-figure purchase, Harvey’s able to get in the awards game relatively cheaply — a lot more cheaply than he would making an awards movie from scratch.