We gave it a good review, we put it on our best-of list, and it stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead — in other words, Smashed has my attention. A little later than expected but, hey, better late than never, TheWrap brings the news that anyone not at Sundance will have an opportunity to check it out (and her performance) for themselves. (Not that it wasn’t going to get picked up, anyway. Just go with me here.)
As they report, Sony Pictures Classics are on the verge of picking up the James Ponsoldt-directed film, which also stars Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, Nick Offerman, and Megan Mullaly. Written by the director and Susan Burke, Smashed centers on “Kate and Charlie, a married couple whose alcoholism sends their lives spinning out of control.” After she “decides to get sober, she has to confront the lies she has been telling at work and the true nature of her relationship with her husband.” Serious stuff, but we’re dealing with alcohol here — not wacky drugs or the like.
No potential release window has been thrown out, but the considerable buzz around Winstead‘s turn — and the general nature of how these Sundance releases go — has me predicting a fall date. I’ll even take a shot: Mid-October.
News of another Sundance acquisition comes from Deadline, who report that Kino Lorber have picked up 5 Broken Cameras, an award-winning documentary from filmmakers Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi. Told from the perspective of a Palestinian journalist, Cameras “chronicles his village’s resistance to a separation barrier being erected on their land and in the process captures his young son’s lens on the world.” (The title is a reference to “the five cameras destroyed in the filming of the pic over a six-year period.”) A late summer theatrical release is being planned; digital and home video distribution will occur later this year.
The last item on deck is not Sundance or acquisition related, but it involves the director behind American Psycho, so show a little respect. According to STYD, Mary Harron‘s The Moth Diaries — which stars Sarah Bolger, Scott Speedman, Sarah Gadon, and Lily Cole — will see a limited release from IFC on April 20th, one that will probably see it hit their VOD line as well. I have no expectations for this, good or bad, to speak of, but a solid boarding school-set horror film is a call I have some trouble resisting.
Rebecca, haunted by her father’s suicide, begins her junior year at an elite all-girls‟ boarding school, hoping for a fresh start. Her friendship with sunny Lucy is shattered by the arrival of Ernessa, a mysterious girl. As Ernessa consumes more of Lucy’s attention, the latter‟s body grows pale, thin and weak.
Which of these movies are you looking forward to the most?