06 July 2009

Retourne-toi: Post-Cannes

Though it was barely more than a month ago, I haven't seen a whole lot of post-Cannes coverage anywhere. And maybe that's because not a whole lot has stirred since then. I have uncovered some details about US releases of a few of the titles. Sony, maybe predictably, plans Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winning The White Ribbon for a week-long run in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas, though I'm not clear if it will expand from there or wait, à la The Class, a couple months before showing up elsewhere.

IFC will unleash Antichrist this October, before Halloween, On Demand as well as in NY and LA, though the Variety article didn't mention anything about the Uncut vs. "Catholic" version of the film. Jane Campion's Bright Star still looks to be the first release from the late Picturehouse's former president Bob Berney's new company, which is still nameless. A September date is expected.

Ken Loach's Looking for Eric has a tentative 2009 release date from IFC, while Cristian Mungiu's Tales from the Golden Age will, more than likely, be out early 2010. I also heard that IFC snatched up Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank for a 2010 release, but I can't find an official announcement of that. So let's just hope so.

And closing out IFC's acquisitions from the fest thusfar is Marina de Van's critically savaged Don't Look Back [Ne te retourne pas] with Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci.

As for the pre-bought/produced titles, Almodóvar's Broken Embraces is locked for limited release date of 20 November from Sony Pictures Classics; Inglourious Basterds is still set for 21 August from The Weinstein Company, with Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock a week later from Focus. Focus is also releasing the first of the In Competition titles to play stateside, Park Chan-wook's Thirst, on 31 July.

Here Films, newly revised and expanding beyond their initial catalogue of solely gay flicks, nabbed Xavier Dolan's I Killed My Mother [J'ai tué ma mère], planned for early next year. No date seems to be set for Sony's release of Jacques Audiard's A Prophet [Un prophète].

And, though I don't think this is official information, it looks as though Strand might have picked up Lou Ye's Spring Fever. Strand also released the director's Suzhou River in the early part of the decade.

The In Competition titles still without a US distributor are then: Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, Brillante Mendoza's Kinatay, Alain Resnais' Wild Grass [Les herbes folles], Isabel Coixet's Map of the Sounds of Tokyo, Elia Suleiman's The Time That Remains, Johnnie To's Vengeance, Marco Bellocchio's Vincere, Tsai Ming-liang's Visage and Xavier Giannoli's In the Beginning [À l'origine].

...which leads me to Toronto's unveiling of their first wave of titles to play at their International Film Festival in September. All (except maybe two) have premiered elsewhere before they'll screen in Toronto. Expect the announcement of the rest of the festival soon, including the world premieres, and additionally, the line-up for Venice which begins at the end of August.

From Cannes:

- Air Doll - d. Hirokazu Koreeda
- Eyes Wide Open - d. Haim Tabakman
- Face [Visage] - d. Tsai Ming-liang
- Fish Tank - d. Andrea Arnold
- Huaco - d. Alejandro Fernández Almendras
- Independencia - d. Raya Martin
- Irène - d. Alain Cavalier
- Karaoke - d. Chris Chong Chan Fui
- Like You Know It All - d. Hong Sang-soo
- Nymph - d. Pen-ek Ratanaruang
- La Pivellina - d. Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
- Police, Adjective [Poliţist, adjectiv] - d. Corneliu Porumboiu
- Samson and Delilah - d. Warwick Thornton
- The Time That Remains - d. Elia Suleiman
- To Die Like a Man [Morrer Como Um Homem] - d. João Pedro Rodrigues
- Wild Grass [Les herbes folles] - d. Alain Resnais
- The Wind Journeys [Los viajes del viento] - d. Ciro Guerra

From Berlin:

- Eccentricities of a Blonde-haired Girl [Singularidades de uma Rapariga Loira] - d. Manoel de Oliveira
- Gigante - d. Adrián Biniez
- The Happiest Girl in the World [Cea mai fericita fata din lume] - d. Radu Jude

And Elsewhere:

- Kelen - d. Ermek Tursunov
- Lourdes - d. Jessica Hausner
- Men on the Bridge [Köprüdekiler] - d. Asli Özge
- Should I Really Do It? - d. Ismail Necmi

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