Cannes Film Suffers Directors Feud

A film showing at the Cannes Film Festival and starring a host of A-list actors has been overshadowed by a legal battle among its producers. EMMANUEL BENBIHY furiously rejected the final cut of PARIS JE T'AIME, starring NICK NOLTE, NATALIE PORTMAN, JULIETTE BINOCHE and BOB HOSKINS, and has obtained a court order blocking the film's distribution. He has also refused to attend tonight's (18MAY06) premiere. Benbihy felt cheated when he discovered co-producer CLAUDIE OSSARD had dropped two segments from the film, one of which Benbihy was reportedly involved in. He says, "It's not at all the film I wanted to make. It's not right to cut out two great directors, I don't want to damage the film, but I can't shut my mouth completely." Ossard's lawyer said the court ruling would be contested, while a further hearing will be held on 13 June (06) in which they hope to reach a compromise. She adds, "The dispute is in the process of being resolved." The movie is a compilation of shorts created by directors including GUS VAN SANT and GERARD DEPARDIEU. British movie-maker GURINDER CHADHA also snatched up the opportunity to work on what she calls a "wonderful project". She says, "Within 10 minutes of getting an email asking me to take part, I had written out the plan of the story. "I knew I wanted to make a film about a Paris Muslim."


Tags: Nick Nolte - Natalie Portman - Juliette Binoche - Bob Hoskins - Claudie Ossard - Gus Van Sant - Gerard Depardieu - Gurinder Chadha


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