Monday, June 26, 2017

The Distributors: Sundance Selects and IFC Films / Battle of the Sexes New Trailer / Trailer for Stronger Also Raises T-ride Speculation

Welcome back from your weekend.  Mine was spent in the land of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul...


Among the more ubiquitous set of distribution firms at Telluride over the past several years has been the combination of Sundance Selects and IFC Films.

Over the run of more than a dozen years, the two partnered firms have racked up an impressive number of films that have screened at Telluride:

2003: Touching the Void, Intermission
2004: Nobody Knows
2005: Three Times
2006: Deep Water, Indigenes, Day Night Day Night
2007: Secret Sunshine, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, Jar City
2008: Hunger, Gomorrah, Flame and Citron, Everlasting Moments, The Good, the Bad and the Weird
2009: Fish Tank, Red Riding Trilogy, Life During Wartime, Vincere
2010: The Princess of Montpensier, Carlos, Tabloid
2011: Into the Abyss, Pina, The Forgiveness of Blood, The Kid with a Bike, Goodbye First Love
2012: Frances Ha, The Central Park Five, Everyday
2013: Blue is the Warmest Color
2014: Two Days, One Night, Seymour: An Introduction
2015: 45 Years
2016: Things to Come, Graduation, Wakefield

This year, between the two companies there appear to be four films that might be in play:

Perhaps the most likely is Jonas Capignano's A Ciambra.  The film played Cannes in the Director's Fortnight section and was, in part, executive produced by Martin Scorsese who has frequently been represented at T-ride in recent years as an executive producer.  Chances: 45%.

Also in play is Claire Denis' Bright Sunshine In which also played Cannes' Director's Fortnight. Denis, to the best of my knowledge has never played in the San Juans.  That could change this year. Chances: 40%.

The Death of Stalin from Veep and Into the Loop creator Armando Iannucci.  I'd love this as an addition to the TFF #44 lineup because of Iannucci and the potential for this crazy good cast (Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Michael Palin) to do something hilarious and magical.
Chances 35%.

Viceroy's House.  Played Berlin which usually has a couple of films make the TFF lineup.
Chances: 25%.


Fresh off of last week's speculation by Deadline's Pete Hammond that he was in the neighborhood of 99% convinced that the Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris film, Battle of the Sexes would play at The SHOW over Labor Day weekend came the news that a new trailer for the film had been released.

That's the second trailer for the film.  Here it is via YouTube:

After Hammond's assessment and my own take last week as I began to look at what we can expect from various distributors, in the case of Battle of the Sexes that's Fox Searchlight, it's possible that the film may show up at the end of this week on 2017's first "Ten Bets" for TFF #44. There's your tease for Friday's post.

Links to posts from Friday with coverage of the trailer's release.

From First Showing

From SlashFilm


Just like the above story, David Gordon Green's Stronger dropped a trailer on Friday.  Paul Sheehan, writing at Gold Derby, suggested that the film would likely play fall film fests with Telluride mentioned alongside Venice and Toronto.

Here's the trailer from YouTube:

I had Green's Our Brand is Crisis as a possible fest selection back in 2015.

Here are stories about the trailer and the film from the weekend:

Gold Derby

The Film Stage

The Film Experience

There's your MTFB for Monday, June 26, 2017.  More tomorrow...


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