A SURPRISE CONTENDER FOR THE PALME D'OR EMERGES AT CANNES
The critical response to Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann at Cannes, at least initially, has been very, very good. Screen Daily's critic's compendium has it with a 3.8 composite (out of 4), Ioncinema has it with a 4.0 (out of five). Latin based todaslascriticas has it with an 8.09 (out of 10) and Reini Urban's massive collation of Cannes critics has it with an 8.43 (out of 10).
The film has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Sony Pictures Classics which truly boots its possible Telluride profile. Here's coverage of the acquisition:
Here's a review of the film which includes stills and clips that was posted from The Playlist this past weekend:
NEW LOOKS FROM CANNES
As The 69th Cannes Film Fest continues to roll on, we are constantly being treated to stills, clips and trailers for many of the films. I've included here links, stories and such for a number of the films that may be contenders for a slot at T-ride:
It's Only the End of the World (clips from The Film Stage) NO YOUTUBE
The Hell or High Water trailer:
Here's Pablo Larrain's Neruda trailer:
CRITICS IN CANNES
Check in with the critical response from the Cannes fest here with compilations from Screen Daily, Ioncinema, Todaslascriticas and Reini Urban:
NON-CANNES TRAILERS FROM THE ACCOUNTANT AND BILLY LYNN
And...a couple of films that could figure into the end of the year awards race and that are on my Telluride radar dropped new trailers this week. Warner's The Accountant from director Gavin O'Connor and Sony/Universal's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk from director Ang Lee. Trailers and coverage are below:
SOMEONE EXPLAIN THIS TO ME
The Light Between Oceans. Release date is Sept. 2. Seems like a film ready made for fall film fest season but that 9/2 release date kills Toronto.
The Film Stage article that is posted below speculates a possible play at an "earlier" fest and mentions Venice and Telluride specifically but T-ride kicks off this year on Sept. 2 as well so that's not happening. Venice is a bare possibility, as it cranks up on Aug. 31, but that doesn't make much sense either.
Despite the intriguing second trailer (below), you get the idea that the folks at Dreamworks and Disney have decided that this film won't play, much as I suspect the same calculus has occurred with John Lee Hancock's Michael Keaton starrer The Founder which The Weinstein Company has dated for release on Aug. 5.
The Light Between Oceans Trailer via YouTube
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