ICM AND INTERNATIONAL FILM TRUST TO HANDLE US SALES ON THE JERRY LEWIS STARRER MAX ROSE IN CANNES
Lewis to Return to the Croisette for A Special Homage and Screening
CANNES – May 14, 2013 – Motion picture and television legend Jerry Lewis will return to Cannes this year for a special screening of Max Rose, a feature film starring Lewis, Claire Bloom (The King’s Speech), Kevin Pollak (Three Nights, The Usual Suspects), Kerry Bishé (Argo), and Mort Sahl. A Lightstream Pictures production, the film is directed by Daniel Noah, from his original screenplay. Max Rose is produced by Lawrence Inglee (The Messenger, Rampart) and Garrett Kelleher (Rampart), executive produced by Paul Currie, Matthew Malek, Charlie O’Carroll, Gaston Pavlovich and William L. Walton. ICM Partners will represent the domestic sale while International Film Trust (IFT) will handle international sales beginning in Cannes.
In addition, Lewis’ The Ladies Man will be screen in Cannes Classics, a program presenting old films and masterpieces from cinematographic history that have been carefully restored.
President Ariel Veneziano of the newly announced IFT said, “To have a title in the Official Selection as part of our debut sales slate at Cannes is a wonderful start for IFT. Our goal is to be a supplier of quality driven feature films across all genres with clear commercial appeal for the right distributors. Max Rose ticks all those boxes.”
In Max Rose, Lewis portrays the title role of Max, an 87-year old jazz pianist who has recently lost his wife of over six decades. A discovery made days before his wife’s death causes Max to believe his marriage was a lie. Max embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era.
Lewis’ contributions to the entertainment industry are legendary, having made his mark as an actor, writer, producer and director. His films have entertained billions around the globe, and they continue to attract and enchant new audiences and fans.
Three-time Academy Award-winner Michel Legrand composed the film’s score and features the original song “Hurry Home” by three-time Academy Award winners Marilyn and Alan Bergman. Max Rose marks the first time Lewis has stepped in front of a movie camera in 18 years and re-unites him with Mort Sahl, who in 1963, appeared in two episodes of Jerry’s comedy variety show.
Lightstream Pictures (LSP) is a privately funded independent film company with a mandate to develop, produce and finance high quality motion picture properties with mainstream appeal. With offices in Los Angeles and London and a boutique animation studio in Petaluma, CA, the company employs a unique business model that focuses on story development to a “proof of concept” stage.
About International Film Trust
International Film Trust (IFT) is an international sales and distribution company operated by producers for producers. With over 20 years experience in producing, finance, international sales and distribution, IFT has the knowledge and relationships to cultivate strategic partnerships with A-list producers and filmmakers. Transparent by their design in their business practices IFT is a company that understands and honors the four pillars that sustain the global film marketplace: Creativity, Finance, Sales and Distribution.
The first titles on the IFT slate on offer at Cannes are The Toxic Avenger, with Arnold Schwarzenegger in negotiations to star for writer/director Steve Pink (Hot Tub Time Machine), the comedy King of the Kastle starring Clive Owen and Jacki Weaver from producers Jonathan Gordan (Silver Linings Playbook) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call) and the horror thriller Exists currently in post production from Blair Witch Project director Eduardo Sanchez.