Colette Flesch of the European Union said the talks have already moved in a conciliatory direction. "There was no saber rattling," she said, adding that the biggest disagreement is over how to make a success of Europe's industry. Flesch also held her group apart from [Jacques Toubon], noting that it has yet to take a formal position on the future of UIP.
At the Carlton Hotel a few days ago, Fine Line Pictures gave an elegant luncheon, with director Roman Polanski and actors Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley, to celebrate the North American acquisition of Polanski's "Death and the Maiden." Reporters and others dined on grilled lamb and potato mousse in a room festooned with provocative production photos by Helmut Newton.
Competing for the spotlight tonight are tiny Nest Entertainment, which has rented a castle in the hills above Cannes to promote its animated feature, "The Swan Princess," to 300 of its closest friends, and Castle Rock, giving a major event at the Hotel du Cap (which is so exclusive it's not even in Cannes). Miramax plans a party Friday at the Carlton Beach restaurant in honor of "Pulp Fiction."