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Cannes 2013: 'Salinger,' 'Osage County' among Weinstein hopefuls

May 18, 2013

YellowBrix

May 18--Cannes, France--With award-season hits such as "The Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained," the Weinstein Co. had a small but potent slate in the latter half of 2012.

On Friday evening at the Cannes Film Festival, the indie-film company unveiled its back-nine for 2013, showing footage from nearly a dozen upcoming releases it hopes will catch on with consumers and Oscar taste-makers. New material from John Wells' adaptation of the Pulitzer-prizewinning play "August: Osage County," Nicole Kidman's royals drama "Grace of Monaco," Shane Salerno's anticipated literary doc "Salinger" and Justin Chadwick's apartheid tale "Mandela" was all shown, along with some previously released material from films such as Lee Daniels' "The Butler."

Weinstein has held an upfront of sorts for the past several years at Cannes, whetting reporters' appetites and offering signals about the company's highest priorities. In the July-December period this year, Weinstein has as many contenders as he's had in years.

The mogul rounded out the presentation with material from "Mandela," bringing an assortment of people from the cast and crew, including stars Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, on to the stage to join actors from some of the other films. "This is not your daddy's HBO version of Mandela. This is the kick....version of Mandela," he said of the historical piece. "It's a warts-and-all story of Mandela and the end of apartheid."

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