Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adopt Films, Strand Releasing, A24/Count on Cousins/Wild Poster

Hello Wednesday...the Pattersons New York excursion continued yesterday with performances of "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder" and the revival of "Les Miserables".  Was a pretty good day and just a note: Ramin Karimloo is unbelievable as Jean Valjean in "Les Miz".

"Les Miserables" star Ramin Karimloo and some guy

We continue to look at distributors that have had a serious presence at Telluride with Adopt Films, Strand Releasing and A24.


Adopt Films made its Telluride debut two years ago in 2012 with "Barbara".  Than last year the distributor had "Bethlehem" at TFF.  This year they are the U.S. distributors for Cannes' Palme d'Or champion "Winter Sleep" which makes them a better than even bet to make the cut for TFF #41.


Here's what Strand has had at Telluride in the recent past:

2010: Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff
2011: Bonsai
2012: Paradise: Love
2013: The Missing Picture

So, Strand has been very consistent recently.  Another common thread is that all four of the above films played in some capacity at Cannes.  So the question becomes, does Strand have a project that fits this profile?  The answer is yes..."Girlhood"...played at Cannes and had a decent critical reaction.  So mark it down as a potential TFF #41 participant.


A24 has not been around terribly long, but in their short existence they have come to play Telluride for the past two years.

2012: "Ginger and Rosa"
2013" "Under the Skin" and "Enemy"

So you have to think that they'll likely have a shot at something playing at T-ride.  What?

There's Atom Egoyan's "Captives" which was not all that well received at Cannes and seems a much more likely Toronto prospect.

Then there's J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year" with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain.  I'd like to believe that this film makes it to the San Juans.  The only other possibility is a virtually unknown flick from Julius Avery entitled "Son of a Gun"

Best chance is "A Most Violent Year"


Mark Cousins has become a common presence at the Telluride Film Festival 2009: "The First Movie", 2011; "The Story of Film: An Odyssey", 2012: "What is This Film Called Love?" and in 2013: "A Story of Children and Film".

Well, fear not Cousins fans, he's probably going to be back in Colorado on Labor Day weekend with another documentary project entitled "Life May Be" in which he co-directs and has a discussion with Iranian actress and director Mania Akbari.

Here's its IMDb page:


Reese Witherspoon's "Wild" directed by Jean-Marc Vallee (Dallas Buyers Club) released a poster for the film yesterday (see above).  The film is being distributed by FOx Searchlight and has some potentail to make this year's Telluride lineup.  I've linked an accompanying story from HitFix:

and "Wild's" IMDb page:

That's it today...more tomorrow including the latest Ten Bets list.

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