Now that Michael Haneke‘s Amour was crowned with the Palme d’Or this afternoon, the 2012 Cannes Film Festival has officially wrapped itself up. Dan and Raffi covered the proceedings like it was nobody’s business (even though it can be), and it’s now time for that magical post-festival, pre-theatrical opening period of title acquisitions.
First, a press release (via Deadline) informs us that one of my most anticipated festival titles, Abbas Kiarostami‘s Like Someone in Love, has been picked up by IFC’s Sundance Selects; sadly, a release window has not been provided just yet. (For what it’s worth: You’re almost bound to have the VOD option before it hits theaters.) Our review of the film — which stood out from a mostly mixed report — was quite enthusiastic, with Raffi deeming the Iranian master’s latest an “oddly fascinating […] subtle work of genius that will challenge audiences not patient enough to carefully absorb all the details.” I can only hope there isn’t a nearly two-year wait from France to theaters a la Certified Copy.
Secondly, Deadline was informed that Leos Carax‘s weird, wild, and wacky Holy Motors will be distributed through The Indomina Group. In one of Cannes’ biggest hits, Denis Lavant stars as “Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character chauffeured around Paris in a white limousine who takes on different roles for his various ‘appointments.'” From there? Everyone, whether they love it or hate it, agree that it gets pretty unhinged at a quick clip. A recent trailer hinted at that ever-so-quickly, though it’s painfully obvious one wouldn’t be able to take much from just that; I can’t wait for the whole result to unspool before my eyes.
And, in some non-Cannes pick-up news, TOH reports that Sony Pictures will release Revenge for Jolly!, a dark comedy that played at Tribeca this year to a fairly negative reaction. Chadd Harbold directed the film, which “examines the moral ambiguity of revenge as one man (screenwriter Brian Petsos) tries to avenge the suspicious death of his beloved dog.” It stars an unknown and nobody really liked it, but the supporting cast — Elijah Wood, Kristen Wiig, Oscar Isaac, Ryan Phillippe, Kevin Corrigan, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, and Garret Dillahunt — pretty much ensures that the film will get a decent-sized release.
Which of these titles are you most excited for?