30 June 2007

Béatrice Dalle, Isabelle Huppert, Lars von Trier, Michael Haneke, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Luc Godard, and Rose McGowan - what could be better?

Palm Pictures will be releasing Rolf de Heer's critically-acclaimed Ten Canoes on the 25th of September. Jim Jarmusch fans can also get Criterion's releases of Stranger than Paradise and Night on Earth the same day. The Stranger than Paradise release will also include Jarmusch's first film, Permanent Vacation, which has never been available in the United States before.

Lars von Trier's comedy The Boss of It All will be available the week prior, the 18th, from IFC Films, as well as ThinkFilm's horse-fucking doc Zoo. Warner will be releasing the long-overdue trash opus Cruising with Al Pacino and a special 2-disc edition of Deliverance.

New Yorker will officially have Private Property with Isabelle Huppert on the shelves on September 11th; this release seems to be far more official than their announcement of Six in Paris for the end of July (NY has already delayed Peter Watkins' The Freethinker). Sarah Polley's Away from Her and Adrienne Shelley's Waitress will tentatively be available on this date also. Chiming in on the praise she's gotten for La vie en rose, Koch/Synkronized USA will release the 2001 French film, Pretty Things, with Marion Cotillard the same day.

Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barely, the Palme d'Or winner of last year, will be out on the 4th of September after being postponed from July. You can also expect Stephanie Daley, a drama with Tilda Swinton, from some devision of Genius Products this week.

Tartan release Red Road, which I wrote about the other day, on August 28th, in case you missed it when it briefly came to your town. Andrzej Żuławski's On the Silver Globe, a highly controversial, never officially completed sci-fi Jesus tale will be available from Facets. Joe Swanberg's (Kissing on the Mouth) LOL will be the first release from Benten Films, and Docurama will have Air Guitar Nation out the same day.

On August 21st, expect Michael Haneke's The Castle, based on Kafka, from Kino. On the same day, you can pick up the boxset we all were waiting for with Kino's last batch of Haneke discs. The box will include The Piano Teacher, Funny Games, The Castle, Code Unknown, The Seventh Continent, Benny's Video, and 71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance, retailing around $100. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winning The Lives of Others (also starring Ulrich Muhe of The Castle) and Luis Bunuel's The Milky Way will bow the same day.

The 14th will bring Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theatres and The Lookout, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, as well as Eclipse's Early Films of Samuel Fuller.

On the 7th of August, Lionsgate will rerelease Gregg Araki's The Doom Generation, surely an improvement over Trimark's grainy, full-frame edition.

Unofficially, from the Weinstein Company, Dirty Sanchez: The Movie, in an uncut version, will be available on the 11th of September. They've not officially announced it, but most Internet sources are pointing toward the 19th of September for a two-disc edition of Death Proof, Quentin Tarantino's entry in Grindhouse, with the "missing reel" added back in. It will likely be the Cannes extended version, which wasn't well-received by the French, but no word has surfaced about either Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror or a double-bill. Also on the Weinstein/Tarantino rumor mill is a 4-disc, integrated Kill Bill for November. This is a highly debated release, as most sources claim it to be pure fiction. We'll see if the Weinsteins officially announce it in the coming months or not. According to a few websites, Lionsgate will be throwing out its first Godard box-set after its acquisition of Studio Canal for the North American territory. You can read more about it on Eric's blog.

Sorry for the dry rundown, but I'm working on something larger to occupy my time.

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