Sony Pictures Entertainment follows the release of Parallel mothers last week with Jockey in three theaters in New York and Los Angeles (Film Forum, AMC Lincoln Square, Laemmle Royal) on Friday in a specialty market crowded with inventory and large-scale releases, and in the midst of a particularly difficult Covid-19 wave for art houses. The setting is by no means ideal for new specialty dishes, but it does fit into the board for rollout in January ahead of the Oscar nominations.
SPC acquired Jockey of Sundance where he won the US Dramatic Special Jury for star Clifton Collins Jr. as an aging runner trying to win one final championship race. Clint Bentley’s directorial debut will expand nationwide after his exclusive debut. The hope for an Oscar (87% of Rotten Tomatoes critics score) was one of Deadline Todd McCarthy’s critics top ten choices of the year. See his opinion here.
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Collins plays Jackson Silvan, who hopes to win a final title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years and the injuries have taken their toll. The arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to the realization of his dream.
Written by Bentley and Greg Kwedar (who previously teamed up with Collins on the award-winning 2016 film Transpecos), the film also stars Logan Cormier and Colleen Hartnett. Bentley’s father was a professional jockey and much of the cast is also made up of actual jockeys.
Jockey will run in January, as well as Parallel mothers, the last of Pedro Almodóvar.
Also this weekend, Eleven Arts presents his animated fantasy adventure Chimney Town Doll in New York (AMC Empire 25) and LA (Regal LA Live) ahead of a nationwide rollout to approximately 400 screens starting Jan. 7.
“We’re looking at awards, so we wanted to make sure it comes out before the end of the year and also make sure we’ve booked a number of theaters and screens,” said the CEO of Eleven Arts, Ko Mori. The film, which debuted at the Animation Is Film festival in Los Angeles in October, was one of 26 animated films shortlisted to be eligible for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars (nominations are Feb. 8 ) and landed an Annie Award nomination for Best Music.
It is the story of a young boy living in the thick smoke of the chimneys of his isolated town and eager to see the stars. One Halloween night, he meets Poupelle, a man made of trash, and together they gaze at the sky as their adventure begins. It is directed by Yusuke Hirota and written by Akihiro Nishino.
It is produced at the famous Studio4ºC in Tokyo, well known to anime fans. Baby doll is 3D CG and the style is different from traditional Japanese anime, Mori said. “We are trying to market it more to the general public. It’s about a father-son relationship, as well as believing in yourself, so it’s [geared] to a family audience, ”he said. “But we expect anime fans to check this out.” This is good because they bias young people.
In the United States, Seven Arts recently released a live independent film Gift of fire in a handful of theaters and anime Gintama: the very last on 700 screens during a three-day event, both in November.
“It’s really unpredictable. It’s a tough time for everyone, ”said Mori. “But I believe that the theater is an event. He said anime fans in particular “really like going out with groups of people. They are meeting up.
Elsewhere in specialty, Netflix opens a WWII thriller Munich – The Edge of War at his Paris Theater in New York. The film, based on the Robert Harris novel, debuted at the London Film Festival. The exam deadline is here.
It takes place in the fall of 1938, when Europe is on the brink of war. Adolf Hitler is preparing to invade Czechoslovakia and the government of Neville Chamberlain (Jeremy Irons) is desperate for a peaceful solution. With the pressure mounting, Hugh Legat (George MacKay), a British civil servant, and Paul von Hartmann (Jannis Niewöhner), a German diplomat, travel to Munich for an emergency conference. As negotiations begin, the two old friends find themselves at the center of a web of subterfuge and political dangers as they attempt to determine whether war can be avoided and, if so, at what cost.
Christian Schwochow directs from the adaptation of Ben Power. Andrew Eaton produces. Scores 100% with reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Review of the deadline here. It arrives on the streamer on January 21.
And Fathom Events presents The Met Live in HD – Cinderella. The January 1 event is taking place at over 750 locations. The staging of Massenet by Laurent Pelly Cinderella has a new English translation in an abridged 90-minute adaptation starring mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard as Princess of Rags to Wealth. Directed by Maestro Emmanuel Villaume and starring Emily D’Angelo as Prince Charming, Jessica Pratt as Fairy Godmother and Stephanie Blythe and Laurent Naouri as conflicting guardians.
Note: the expected Bollywood film Jersey by Yash Raj Films, which is scheduled for release on December 30, has been postponed, with no new date given. The cricket-themed family comedy starring Shahid Kapoor is a Hindi remake of a 2019 Telugu language film. Here is the trailer anyway:
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