FOREIGN LANGUAGE FIELD GROWS
Thus week Russia announced that its official entrant into Oscar's Best Foreign Language race will be Andrey Zvyaginstev's Loveless. The choice is a, perhaps, a bit of a surprise because the film, as was Zyvaginstev's previous Oscar nominated Leviathan, offers a critique of modern day Russia.
The film had a great response at Cannes and Telluride did nothing to diminish that. Loveless will screen at the London, Hampton and Mill Valley Film Fests soon.
Other TFF #44 films in announced for the FLF race:
Cambodia: First They Killed More Father
Chile: A Fantastic Woman
Lebanon: The Insult
Other non-TFF #44 films of note announced:
Austria: Happy End
Sweden: The Square
Details and a complete list can be found here from Awards Watch.
VIEWS OF DOWNSIZING AND FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
This week we were treated to a new clip from Alexander Payne's Downsizing and a new trailer for Angelina Jolie's Oscar Foreign Language contender First They Killed My Father.
Downsizing is set to open in the U.S. on Dec. 22nd:
Meanwhile, First They Killed My Father has begun screening on Netflix on Sept. 15th. The film was theatrically released as well:
Both videos are posted via YouTube.
LADY BIRD FLIES A WEEK EARLIER
A24 has announced that they are moving the initial limited release of Greta Gerwig's Telluride smash, Lady Bird up a week to Nov. 10th. The film had been set for Nov. 17th and will go wider that weekend and even wider as Thanksgiving weekend.
Details and the story are here from Deadline.com.
MORE HARRY DEAN STANTON GOODNESS
The MTFB push to get Harry Dean Stanton into the awards conversation for his final film, Lucky continues today with a couple of articles from this week. The film opens tomorrow in limited release in New York and Los Angeles.
First, The Hollywood Reporter had this story this week that focused on a gathering of a number of his close friends in Stanton's s favorite L.A. watering hole.
And Variety filed this report with the cast and crew of Lucky celebrating the L.A. premiere of the film.
HOSTILES: STILL NO DISTRIBUTOR BUT A TRIP TO ROME
As of my typing this on Thursday morning Scott Cooper's Hostiles is still without a distributor. The name Netflix keeps buzzing about but there's nothing solid. Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says that the film will open the Rome Film Fest on Oct. 26th.
That report is here.
Last note for the day is that we are expecting a Darkest Hour trailer later today. I'll be looking for that.
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