HFPA members attending the film festival were among the international press invited to the Majestic Hotel in Cannes to see previews of three of Harvey Weinstein’s movies he hopes will be Oscar contenders.
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook and Quentin Tarantino’s Western throwback Django Unchained are not yet completed but are all due for release before Christmas.
Before rolling the footage Weinstein (left) boasted: “These are some of the best films we have ever been associated with , if not “the best”.
stars Joaquin Phoenix
in a return to films, along with Philip Seymour Hoffman
and Amy Adams
in a complex plot dealing with a Scientology-related religion. The Silver Linings Playbook
an original screenplay by Russell about a former resident of a mental institution (Bradley Cooper) who tries to mend relationships with his family and fiancee (Jennifer Lawrence
). Robert DeNiro and Chris Tucker co-star.
About four minutes each of the first two were shown and a never-before-seen 10 minutes was unveiled from Django
which is still is in production for another month and may be adding a couple of co-stars. At one time Sacha Baron Cohen
was slated to participate but had to drop out as did Kurt Russell
because he was committed elsewhere.