Cohen Media Group hopes a Spanish movie can shake up the tough market for foreign-language fare, Bleecker Street came out with a hostage drama and A24 present Owen KlinThe directorial debut of a teenage cartoonist as the arthouse market flexes more muscles than it has in weeks.
The dearth of new releases itself has caused some distributors to grab a window now ahead of a more crowded drop, including UAR’s oversized specialty opening of the Idris Elba, starring Tilda Swinton Three thousand years of nostalgia on 2,436 screens, considerably larger than originally planned.
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George Miller’s fantasy fairy tale, written by Miller and Augusta Gore, is based on AS Byatt’s 1994 short story “The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye”. Swinton is a complacent academic, Elba is the Djinn (a sort of spiritual genius) she meets at a conference in Istanbul as part of the Cannes Film Festival 2022 out-of-competition entry. Deadline Review here.
The good boss (Boss El Buen) with Javier Bardem will be Cohen Media Group’s biggest release since the 2017 documentary by Agnès Varda and JR Faces Places, and the highest-profile openings in years also on 13 screens in five markets (NY, LA, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, DC) on Friday, expanding nationally to 200 locations in the top 50 markets next weekend. CMG acquired Spain’s submission for the 2021 International Feature Film Oscar in San Sebastian last year. It swept a record 20 nominations for Goya and six wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Bardem and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Fernando Leon de Aranoa.
Bardem plays the paternalistic owner of a company that manufactures industrial scales. Deadline Review here.
CMG marketing and distribution manager Justin DiPietro said film is a foreign language, but not a scholar. He hopes the story, which features a selfish boss, an attractive intern and an angry laid-off worker, “plays well for everyone” in a tough market for specialty films, especially with subtitles. The good boss begins its exclusive 45-day theater tour after a week-long Bardem (Boundless Bardem) retrospective at the Quad Cinema in New York. Nominated for Best Actor Oscar for Be the Ricardos currently running Dune: Awakening in Jordan.
CMG, which also owns Landmark Theaters and UK film group Curzon, has just acquired London-based international sales company HanWay Films, expanding Charles S. Cohen’s art house umbrella. HanWay has a dozen features in release or about to release, and eight titles in production or planned for release this year.
Bleecker Street Thriller Breakup opens on 902 screens, starring John Boyega and the late Michael K. Williams. Abi Damaris Corbin’s feature debut had its world premiere at Sundance, winning the Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Cast in the US Drama Competition.
Breakup is based on the true story of former U.S. Marine Brian Brown-Easley (Boyega), who holds a bank and several employees hostage when he is denied veteran support, setting the stage for a tense confrontation with the police. Written by Corbin and Kwame Kwei-Armah based on the 2018 article “They Didn’t Have to Kill Him” by the armed forces-focused online publication Task & Purpose. With Nicole Beharie, Selenis Leyva, Connie Britton and Jeffrey Donovan.
A24 presents Owen Kline’s first feature film funny pages in approximately 30 theaters (including Alamo Drafthouse in Los Angeles in downtown Los Angeles and Film in New York at Lincoln Center and Angelika Film Center) and on demand. Produced by the Safdie brothers. The coming-of-age comedy and Cannes Directors’ Fortnight title about a wayward teenage cartoonist who rejects the comforts of his suburban life stars Daniel Zolghadri, Matthew Maher, Miles Emanuel, Maria Dizzia and Josh Peace. Written by Kline. Deadline Review here.
Quiver Distribution presents the erotic thriller written and directed by Neil LaBute From nowhere in theaters and on demand. Starring Diane Kruger, Ray Nicholson, Hank Azaria and Chase Sui Wonders, it opens in five markets (LA, NYC, Atlanta, Houston and Orlando). Ex-con Connor (Nicholson) falls for the spell of enigmatic beauty Marilyn (Kruger), descending into an adulterous affair that quickly escalates into a rumor of the murder of her abusive husband.
Well Go USA, specialist in action and genre, opens its doors Alienoid, from Korea, written and directed by Choi Dong-hoon, out of 110 prints. With Kim Tae-ri, Kim Woo-Bin, Ryu Jun-yeol. The story of Guard and Thunder, a duo who manage alien prisoners who have been locked inside the brains of humans. They become time travelers entangled with wizards who pursue a legendary divine blade in the year 1391.
Blue Fox Entertainment Presents Joan on 31 screens (including NYC’s AMC Empire and LA Laemmle NoHo). Written and directed by Sabrina Jaglom. With Madelaine Petsch, Melissa Leo. When Olivia (Petch) is fired from her dream college, she begins to spiral, engaging in a social media war against those who stand in her way. Joan is a partnership with the new Creator+ streaming service.
Greenwich Entertainment opens a documentary The Governor of Youth at Laemmle Monica. In the halls of the California Capitol, 4,000 teenagers lead a fully functioning mock government, complete with legislators, party leaders and elections. In four months, three candidates emerged in the race for the 72nd young governor. With their peers scrutinizing every word, these young contestants discover the mix of ambition, confidence, shamelessness and drive it takes to win. Directed by brothers Jaron and Matthew Halmy. Blumhouse Television is behind the documentary, with Jason Blum serving as executive producer.
Slang Pictures’ Let the little light shine adds a run at the IFC Film Center in New York. The Kevin Shaw documentary opened last weekend at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Parents, students and educators fight for the survival of a prominent elementary school in an African-American neighborhood – the Chicago National Teachers Academy – which is threatened by a proposed new school favoring the community’s wealthiest residents.
Kino Lorber opens Aly Muritiba’s private desert, Brazil’s submission to the 94th Academy Awards, at the Quad Cinema. With Antonio Saboia, Luthero Almeida, Pedro Fasanaro. Written by Henrique dos Santos and Muritiba. Daniel is a police academy instructor placed on forced leave after a violent incident. The only thing holding him back is a gender-fluid online romance with Sara, whom he’s never met in person. When she suddenly disappears, he travels the country to find her. Debuted in Venice last year. Opens in Los Angeles at Laemmle Theaters, adding a handful of markets in September.
Saban Entertainment Releases Shark Attack Thriller man eater on 18 screens and on demand. Written and directed by Justin Lee. With Nicky Whelan, Trace Adkins, Jeff Fahey, Shane West. A group of friends’ idyllic island vacation turns into a horrifying nightmare when they are targeted by a relentless great white.
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