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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Passion’, ‘Afternoon Delight’, ‘Our Nixon’, ‘The Lifeguard’, ‘I Declare War’

By | Thursday August 29, 2013 @ 5:49pm PDT

Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.

Brian De Palma joins Labor Day weekend’s batch of Specialty newcomers along with films directed by three women, all of which have television connections. De Palma’s Passion, which has been available via Ultra-VOD, will hit more than a dozen screens this weekend with his remake of a French corporate thriller. Penny Lane’s Our Nixon, which has been on rotation on CNN, is the weekend’s new documentary offering. Lane and her producer were the unlikely “re-discoverers” of a vast amount of footage from inside the Nixon administration, made by the insiders themselves. Television producer-writer Jill Soloway hits the big screen with Afternoon Delight, starring Kathryn Hahn and Juno Temple, while Liz W. Garcia, a fellow TV producer and writer, brings the Kristen Bell romantic drama The Lifeguard to theaters. And the kids-on-a-rampage story I Declare War joins the holiday weekend’s rollouts.

In Toronto, producers approached De Palma about the possibility of doing an English-language remake of French director Alain Corneau’s thriller Crime D’Amour. The veteran filmmaker saw how he could put his stamp to it and began the project. After writing a script and getting European financing, De Palma cast his two leading women, Rachel McAdams and Sweden-born Noomi Rapace. The pair had starred together in 2011′s Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows and came aboard Passion a week before shooting was set to begin in Berlin. “I rewrote it a few times. And then the girls came in and — well, the girls had a few ideas about how they were going to act,” said De Palma, who worked the script further with Crime D’Amour scribe Natalie Carter. “I showed them the original [film], and much to my surprise, they said, ‘We’re not doing that.’ … So Natalie and I worked for a week rewriting the script to fit how they wanted to play their characters.” De Palma tapped cinematographer José Luis Alcaine (who often works with Pedro Almodovar) to shoot the stylish corporate thriller about two ambitious women who connive to reach the top at an advertising agency. “We had other people interested in playing Isabel (Rapace), but we couldn’t find actresses that wanted to play the bitchy Christine (McAdams),” said De Palma. “Those are the fun parts to play, but I guess everyone wants to be loved.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Afternoon Delight’

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 7:16pm PDT

A bored housewife (Kathryn Hahn) makes a trip to a strip club and finds Her True Calling: saving a 19-year-old “full-service sex worker” (Juno Temple) by hiring her as a nanny. Jill Soloway won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance for Afternoon Delight, which was produced by Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan and also stars Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch. Here’s the first trailer for the dark comedy, which the Film Arcade will release theatrically:

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Film Arcade And Cinedigm Pick Up Sundance Winner ‘Afternoon Delight’

Afternoon DelightJill Soloway is having a pretty good year. She won the U.S. Dramatic Directing Award at Sundance in January, and now her feature debut Afternoon Delight has a distributor. The Film Arcade acquired theatrical rights with Cinedigm handling ancillary markets. The dark comedy follows a bored woman (Kathryn Hahn) in an uneventful marriage who hires a stripper (Juno Temple) as her live-in nanny. Josh Radnor and Jane Lynch co-star in the film produced by Jen Chaiken and Sebastian Dungan. “We fell in love with Afternoon Delight at Sundance and look forward to working with Jill, Jen and Sebastian to bring their film to audiences throughout the country,” said The Film Arcade’s Miranda Bailey today in a statement. Before turning to features, Soloway earned three Emmy noms for outstanding drama series as a writer and co-executive of HBO’s Six Feet Under. Her TV credits also include How To Make It In America and United States Of Tara. UTA’s Rena Ronson and Hailey Wierengo and Linda Lichter and Jamie Feldman of Lichter, Grossman, Nichols, Adler & Feldman repped the filmmakers on the deal.

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