Low budget films face a tough market in Cannes

Surprise disappearances drive the plot in the illusionist crime drama "Magic Man," but the vanishing act at the film's initial Cannes market screening Wednesday was hardly what its filmmakers wanted to see.

Occupying the very first screening slot in the Marché, as the sprawling market component of the Cannes Film Festival is known, "Magic Man" had come to the south of France looking for distributors from around the world.

But just 10 minutes into the "Magic Man" screening, the buyers from Japan, Germany and Russia headed for the exits. From the several dozen shoppers in seats when the lights went down, only five were left when they came back up.

For the 'Magic Man' and other low-budget films, the marketplace is overcrowded.

Film Business, Film Festival

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