HBO acquires Toback doc on Cannes film fest

HBO has picked up Tyson director James Toback's latest documentary, a "cinematic exploration" of the Cannes Film Festival called Seduced and Abandoned (pictured).
May 13, 2013

HBO has picked up Tyson director James Toback’s latest documentary, a “cinematic exploration” of the Cannes Film Festival called Seduced and Abandoned (pictured).

The pay-TV network has acquired all television rights for U.S. and Canada. Produced by Alec Baldwin, Toback and Michael Mailer, the meta-doc follows Baldwin and Toback as they make their rounds during last year’s Cannes festival, shopping for financing for this very film, which debuts at next week at the 2013 Cannes festival, at a special screening on May 20.

HBO said the doc is a “cinematic exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival and cinema art, money, glamor and death.”

The film is said to give an insider look at film financing, and boasts appearances from legendary directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese; and actors Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger and James Caan.

“When James and Alec set out to make this documentary, it took a different turn,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “What resulted is something uniquely special and wonderfully entertaining.”

“I am thrilled to be in business with HBO,” added Toback. “Richard Plepler’s and Michael Lombardo’s enthusiasm for our film has been incredibly gratifying, and I am looking forward to audiences getting to share our cinematic journey.”

The deal for the film was negotiated with HBO by Jeff Berg at Resolution and international sales are being handled by Hanway.

Seduced and Abandoned is produced by Michael Mailer Films, and executive produced by Morris Levy, Alan Helene, Larry Herbert and Neal Schneider.

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