HBO has picked up the North American TV rights to James Toback’s Cannes-themed feature documentary “Seduced and Abandoned,” which, fittingly, will have its world premiere next Monday, May 20, as a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival.
Shot during last year’s fest on the French Riviera, the film follows Toback and Alec Baldwin as they shuttle between yachts and hotels, pitching a movie they hope to finance and make. And while the cameras were rolling, they decided to explore the festival itself and the changing nature of the film business, interviewing the likes of Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski and Martin Scorsese, as well as several actors, including Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain and James Caan.
“HBO has long been a home for unique documentary films,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I’m grateful that they have chosen to present ours.”
Toback’s most recent movie was a 2008 documentary on boxer Mike Tyson, “Tyson.” He is best known for his original screenplay for “Bugsy,” for which he received an Oscar nomination in 1992.