I'm trying to resist the urge to manufacture a way to get to New York in the next month or two after having watched the Tony Awards last night.
THE CONGRESS GETS DISTRIBUTION
Ari Folman's "The Congress" which played last month as a part of the non-competition portion of the Cannes Film Festival has secured North American distribution. Drafthouse and Films We Like have collaborated to attain those rights. This may actually be a good sign to those who are hoping that Folman's long awaited follow up to his critically successful "Waltz with Bashir" (which appeared at TFF #35) might be a part of this year's Telluride lineup. Drafthouse was represented at Telluride last year with Josh Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing".
Drafthouse and FWL also have nabbed the rights to Cannes selection "Borgman" which may put it in play as a TFF#40 possibility as well. ComingSoon.net has the acquisition story here:
FRANCES (GRETA) TALKS
TFF #39 favorite "Frances Ha" from collaborators Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach has performed really well in its first few days of release. Co-writer and star Gerwig was recently interviewed by Style Caster. You can peruse that here:
I speculated last week that Jason Reitman's new film "Labor Day" has a solid chance to make an appearance at Telluride this year. I also conjectured that a Kate Winslet tribute in conjunction with the film made some sense. However, the day after that post came news that Ms. Winslet has developed a medical condition which might alter that scenario...she's preggers. The Hollywood Reporter story is linked here:
Does the Winslet pregnancy rule out a tribute? Of course it doesn't but it does add a new wrinkle into the calculation about the possibility of a tribute for the Oscar winner.
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