Seduced And Abandoned
Filmfest 2014

For ten days in May 2012, director James Toback and actor Alec Baldwin worked their way through the Cannes Film Festival in an attempt to secure financing for a proposed film project, a political-erotic Middle Eastern adventure. As they dashed around – hopeful against all odds – Toback filmed the hilarious and revealing proceedings, from pitches to billionaires, studio moguls, producers and international sales financiers, to intimate encounters with major movie stars and iconic directors whose passion for movies proves it's still possible to transcend the madness.
This cinematic romp captures the tug-of-war between the eternal dream of creating pure art and the bracing reality of modern movie commerce.
HBO

tags: Documentary, Filmmaking, Humor

With: James Toback, Alec Baldwin, Martin Scorsese, Diane Kruger, Ryan Gosling

Credits

Screenplay: James Toback

Director of Photography: Ruben Sluijter

Film Editor: Aaron Yanes

Composer: Dmitri Shostakovich

Costume Design: Frederic Berge

Producer: Michael Mailer

Production Company: Michael Mailer Films

World Sales: HanWay Films

Distributor: Weltkino Filmverleih GmbH

Director: James Toback