UPDATED WITH MONDAY RESULTS: The Dance Of Reality glided into a pair of theaters Memorial weekend and has managed to slice out a decent crowd even as the masses headed to X-Men. The ABKCO release is holding OK in a holiday weekend in which the studios hold the reins. Other openers are faring so-so. Directed by Chile-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky, The Dance Of Reality has grossed nearly $25K through Sunday for a $12,485 PTA. The drama-fantasy was an NYT “Critic Pick,” opening at The Sunshine in New York and the Nuart in Los Angeles. ABKCO released Jodorowsky’s El Topo (2006, $80,302 cume) and Holy Mountain (2007, $61K cume) and is on track to top his previous theatrical numbers.
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“We’re very excited for Alejandro and the reaction to the film,” said Michael Gochanour, Abkco’s Senior Director of Film. “The reviews have been very positive. “We’re very proud and honored to present the film.” The distributor picked up rights to the feature ahead of last year’s Cannes Film Festival and tapped audiences with special presentations at MoMA and elsewhere. “People in their 20s and ‘Williamsburg kids’ identify with his voice,” added Gochanour Sunday. “We focused our attention to reaching them. Reality played this year’s SXSW and will expand to other major markets in the coming weeks including Boston, Chicago and Seattle.
IFC Films bowed two films Friday, including doc Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia as well as Jim Mickle’s ’80s-set thriller Cold In July. The latter opened in a half-dozen locations, grossing $40,800 ($6,800 PTA) while Gore Vidal had a slightly higher $7K average in just two theaters. “IFC Films didn’t get involved until the beginning if this year, but once they did, they pushed to [release] it early. It has a theatrical release which is what I always wanted,” Gore Vidal director Nicholas Wrathall told me this week. Both will add theaters in the coming weeks. Read More »
Films starring Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Michael C. Hall, Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson usher in this week’s Specialty newcomers. IFC Films has two of the weekend’s openers, including Cold In July which took years to complete. The late author/satirist Gore Vidal takes the spotlight in the distributor’s doc Gore Vidal: United States Of Amnesia which is chalk-full of the subject’s views on right vs left (the right has apparently won). Two films, The Love Punch from Ketchup Entertainment and Words And Pictures from Roadside Attractions will target older audiences providing counter-programming on this X-Men: Days Of Future Past holiday weekend. And New York is at the center of a story about an autistic boy in Oscilloscope’s Stand Clear Of The Closing Doors.
Cold In July
Director-writer: Jim Mickle
Writer: Nick Damici, Joe R. Lansdale (novel)
Cast: Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson, Vinessa Shaw, Wyatt Russell, Kristin Griffith
Distributor: IFC Films
A half-dozen years in the making, Cold In July‘s big screen turn began when filmmaker Jim Mickle read the novel in 2007. “We had to re-option the book three times. I think we even got to the point where we were optioning it month to month and I think the author was losing faith,” said director Jim Mickle. “And there was a moment at Sundance when I thought it was dead. The financing wasn’t there and the script was far off from where we wanted it to be. I was looking at it like it was a bad relationship with a girlfriend and thought it should go away.” But obviously a reconciliation did occur. Read More »
Here’s the official trailer for Michael C. Hall‘s first post-Dexter project. He plays Richard, a small-town guy who’s hailed as a hero after he offs a burglar. But then the crook’s ex-con dad (Sam Shepard) shows up with vengeance on his mind and Richard’s family in his sights. But do the cops know more that they’re saying? Cold In July also stars Don Johnson as a private eye. Director Jim Mickle’s pic premiered at Sundance, where it was acquired by IFC Films. Scripted by Nick Damici and based on Joe R. Lansdale’s book, the film hits theaters and VOD on May 23. Take a look:
UPDATE: IFC has confirmed Deadline’s scoop on this deal. Release appears below the original break.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 1:00 am PST: It took awhile, but the Sundance deals are now moving faster as the festival heads toward its final weekend. IFC is closing a deal for Cold In July, the Jim Mickle-directed drama that stars Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. I’m hearing the deal is in the vicinity of $2 million for North American rights, with WME Global negotiating. Hall plays a small town Texas man who kills a home intruder and finds his life unraveling into a dark underworld of corruption and violence when the dead man’s father insists on eye for an eye justice. The film premiered last Saturday in the Library Theater, in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. This is the second IFC deal tonight, as the label is also closing God’s Pocket, the Philip Seymour Hoffman-starrer that marks the feature directing debut of Mad Man star John Slattery.
Here is release:
IFC Films announced today from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival that the company is acquiring North American rights to Jim Mickle’s COLD IN JULY. The film, with a screenplay by Jim Mickle and Nick Damici, stars Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, and Wyatt Russell.COLD IN JULY was produced by Linda Moran, René Bastian of Belladonna Productions, Marie Savare de Laitre and
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EXCLUSIVE: Michael C. Hall, whose final season as Showtime’s signature serial killer Dexter starts June 30, has just landed the lead role in Cold In July. That’s the feature adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be directed by Jim Mickle, whose horror film We Are What We Are just played at the Cannes Film Festival. He plays the protagonist Richard Dane, who shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem. The picture was introduced at Cannes by Paris-based Backup Media and Memento Films International, which are financing.
Hall most recently starred in John Krokidas’s Kill Your Darlings, playing David Kammerer, the older former professor obsessed with Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Sony Pictures Classics has a fall release planned for the Beat Generation drama that also stars Daniel Radcliffe as Alan Ginsberg. Hall is separately developing and exec producing American Dream Machine, a series adaptation of Matthew Specktor’s novel about a talent agent and his troubled sons – two generations of Hollywood royalty — for Showtime. Dexter showrunner Scott Buck will supervise the pilot script, which Specktor is writing. Hall … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Backup Media has teamed up with Memento Films International to finance Cold In July, an adaptation of the Joe Lansdale cult novel that will be director Jim Mickle‘s next film. Mickle’s We Are What We Are is playing in Directors’ Fortnight section here at Cannes. Shooting on Cold In July begins in late July with an early 2014 delivery. Adapted by Nick Damici and Mickle, the film is being produced by Belladonna Productions’ Rene Bastian, Adam Folk, and Linda Moran — frequent Mickle collaborators.
The plot: Richard Dane shoots and kills an armed burglar in his living room. It’s a clear-cut case of self defense to everyone but the burglar’s father, who vows Old Testament-style eye-for-an-eye justice. Here, that means son for son. The cops, the feds, and the Dixie mafia all play a part in the ensuing mayhem. “It was important to us to find partners on the movie who would help us create an environment for Jim, where he would be protected and be able to excel as a filmmaker,” Linda Moran and Rene Bastian from Belladonna said. “We are very happy to have found the full support of the Backup/MFI team.” Read More »