As le carpet rouge is rolled up and the champagne bottles are put out for recycling at Cannes there are few bits of Water Diviner related news that may have escaped your attention. It was hard to miss Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, winning the Palme d’Or for Winter Sleep – what’s the connection? Only that I love “Once Upon A Time in Anatolia”, his film that won the Grand Prix a couple of years ago. It was the first time I’d seen Yilmaz Erdogan on screen, despite the myriad films he has done, and it is a real pleasure for me to now see him in The Water Diviner.
The other news, is that Russell has cut together a 12 minute teaser that he presented to potential distributors in Cannes. Deadline are reporting that Harvey Weinstein’s company, TWC, has offered $4 million and a widespread release in the US for The Water Diviner. See their article here. It’s hard to imagine the film in better hands.