Paul Haggis’ Toronto ’13 debut Third Person will be this weekend’s major counter-weight to the studios’ summer blitz. Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Olivia Wilde and James Franco, the film had its NYC debut earlier this week with a fashionable crowd at Manhattan’s Sunshine Theater courtesy of the Cinema Society. Haggis introduced some key cast members and warned everyone to “use the restroom” before the screening began and urged everyone to “watch carefully.” The feature is of course, one of a number of specialties opening this weekend. Among them is Oscilloscope’s Coherence which exploited its low budget roots and made a splash at last year’s Fantastic Fest. Music Box Films is opening Scandinavian discovery The Last Sentence and Big World will finally bow Eric Rohmer’s A Summer’s Tale stateside. The weekend’s largest roll out in terms of theater count among the limited release titles comes courtesy of Bollywood. Fox International Productions will bow comedy Humshakals across North America. Noteworthy this week is the upcoming Richard Linklater film Boyhood. The title, made over 12 years, had a boisterous premiere at the opening of BAMcinemafest in Brooklyn Wednesday night with a star-studded event that brought out Darren Aronofsky, Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and more. Speculation among insiders at the party last night was that the July opener will be a box office powerhouse and a serious awards contender.
After Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days (2010) was completed, he immediately dove into writing a script for what would be Third Person. Set in Rome, Paris and New York, the romantic drama is the story of three interlocking love stories involving three couples. It took me two-and-a-half years to write the script only because I allowed the characters to take me where they wanted to take me,” Paul Haggis said at the Sunshine Theater Tuesday night at the premiere of the film hosted by the Cinema Society and Revlon.