Sundance Selects Acquires Aaron Paul Starrer ‘Hellion’

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 2:36pm PST

hellionKat Candler’s Hellion debuted in Park City last month, and now Sundance Selects has taken North American rights to the pic. Exec produced by Jeff Nichols (Mud), Hellion stars newcomer Josh Wiggins as Jacob, a … Read More »

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OSCARS: Sundance Selects Ramps Up ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ Star’s Best Actress Bid (Video)

Pete Hammond

At just 19 years old, new French acting sensation Adele Exarchopoulos became the youngest winner ever of the Cannesblue-is-the-warmest-color-movie Film Festival’s Palme d’Or when the jury — led by Steven Spielberg — made an unprecedented move this past spring. It awarded not only Blue Is The Warmest Color‘s director Abdellatif Kechiche the festival’s top prize as is the norm, but in a surprise move also its two extraordinary stars (Lea Seydoux rounded out the trio onstage at the Palais).  But then Blue Is The Warmest Color is no ordinary movie, and distributor Sundance Selects is hoping Oscar voters get the message too: Though not eligible to compete this year for Best Foreign Language Film due to its late release in France, it is eligible in other categories, and the distrib just crafted a new trailer focusing on Exarchopoulos that is aimed squarely at the Academy. Check it out:

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A three-hour study of the intense romance between a teenage girl and an older lesbian , the NC-17 film has caused waves wherever it’s played. But as Spielberg explained, the Cannes jury saw it only as simply a great love story. For Exarchopoulos, who recently turned 20, it was, and continues to be, a pretty heady experience as she explained when I recently interviewed her for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation. “It was my first Cannes Film Festival”, she told me. “We thought our reaction would be more divided, like some people hate and some people love it — but almost everyone liked it. After the ceremony it was like a dream. I mean you never realize what it’s like to win such a prize at 19. Yeah , it was cool.”

Related: Sundance Selects To Release ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ With NC-17 Rating

FRANCE-FILM-FESTIVAL-CANNESExarchopoulos also has a refreshing, unfiltered attitude toward acting — and in this case, those talked-about nude scenes. In fact she said although she knew her co-star by reputation (Seydoux is a huge star in France) she didn’t meet her until she was on the set for the first nude scene. “The first thing we did together is the sex scene, the dream scene, so when you meet someone naked it’s so different,” Exarchopoulos said. “We said hello and two minutes after we’re naked and we’re like, ‘OK, let’s do this’.  There is no hypocrisy and she doesn’t try to force things and try to be friends because of the shoot. Everything came naturally. She’s more experienced than me so I was feeling from her because she’s really good, and I was lucky to play with her. It really helps to introduce you naked. I mean you’re vulnerable, there is no chickening out. You’re just yourself and you have to make body language.” Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 4:58am PDT

Michel Gondry‘s animated documentary Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy? will world premiere as the closing night selection at the DOC NYC Festival next month. For the film, the French helmer recorded conversations with professor, linguist and political philosopher and activist Noam ChomskyRead More »

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Sundance Selects Acquires Michel Gondry’s Noam Chomsky Docu ‘Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?’

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 11:59am PDT

Sundance Selects has picked up North American rights to the animated documentary Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?, about the oft lightning-rod professor, linguist and political philosopher Noam Chomsky. The film, which is world premiering as the … Read More »

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Oscars: Another Cannes-Winning Sundance Selects Film Ruled Out Of Foreign Language Race

Pete Hammond

When it comes to this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race, it seems Sundance Selects just can’t catch a break. Coming out of Cannes, the company headed by Jonathan Sehring — who also runs IFC — looked like it easily could have two of the five nominees in the category, especially after its acquisitions took two of the top three prizes at Cannes. The French sensation Blue Is The Warmest Color won the coveted Palme d’Or (usually a key factor in considering a film for Oscar submission), while the Jury Prize (essentially third place) went to Japan’s moving and extremely well-received Like Father, Like Son, which so infatuated Cannes Jury President Steven Spielberg that his DreamWorks is negotiating for an English-language remake.

Related: Hammond On Cannes: ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’

It seemed at the time that both would be a cinch as their respective countries’ entry in the race, and Sundance Selects was riding high. But as Deadline reported in July, a quirky Academy rule that requires a foreign entry to have opened by September 30 in its country of origin KO’d Warmest Color’s chances, despite Sehring’s best efforts to turn it around. Unfortunately Wild Bunch, the film’s French distributor, was dead set on releasing it October 9, and a qualifying run was ruled out. Now, in what for me is an even more stunning setback, the seven-member Japan Movie Producers Association ignored its country’s high-profile Cannes winner and instead chose a more obscure film, The Great Passage (Fune O Amu) from 30-year-old director Yuya Ishii, the youngest ever to represent Japan in the Oscar contest. That film was released in April — doing nice, if unremarkable, business at the box office. Like Father, Like Son is scheduled for a September 28 release in Japan, a date presumably chosen to make it eligible for the Oscar race.  But it’s not to be. Read More »

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Sundance Selects Acquires Claire Denis’ Cannes Pic ‘Bastards’

By | Thursday August 22, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT

NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring US rights to acclaimed filmmaker Claire Denis’ BASTARDS. The film, with a screenplay by Denis and Jean-Pol Fargeau, stars Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni and Michel Subor, and was produced by Alcatraz Films and Wild Bunch. The film, which made its world premiere in Un Certain Regard at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, will make its U.S. premiere next month at the 2013 New York Film Festival, following a North American Premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sundance Selects is planning to release the film October 25.

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Sundance Selects To Release Palme d’Or Winner ‘Blue Is The Warmest Color’ With NC-17 Rating In The US

Blue Is The Warmest Color hasn’t had an easy road since it won the top prize at Cannes in May. First Abdellatif Kechiche’s film was ruled ineligible for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Blue Caprice’

By | Thursday August 15, 2013 @ 11:20am PDT

Isaiah Washington stars in the Beltway sniper drama from first-time director Alexandre Moors, which also co-stars Joey Lauren Adams, Tim Blake Nelson, and Leo Fitzpatrick. Pic features breakout work by youngster Tequan Richmond as Lee Boyd Malvo AKA John Lee Malvo, the teenager whose relationship with father figure … Read More »

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Sundance Selects Acquires Docu ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ Ahead Of Toronto Bow

By | Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 12:22pm PDT

NEW YORK, NY (July 30, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s feature documentary FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, which was produced by Maloof and Siskel, and executive produced

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Oscars: Cannes Palme d’Or Winner Ineligible For Foreign Language Category

Pete Hammond

EXCLUSIVE: When controversial French sensation Blue Is The Warmest Color won the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or, it was expected to be a major player in the upcoming Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film. Now it’s ineligible to compete and not even impassioned pleas from Sundance Selects, its American distributor, have done the trick. This unexpected development as first reported on Deadline is due to its October 9th French opening. Local distributor Wild Bunch will not change the date in order to comply with an arcane Academy rule that says each film must have opened in the country of origin by the end of September. Now Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring who picked up the U.S. rights to Blue in Cannes is very disappointed that this decision appears irreversible. “I talked to them about it and said it was a missed opportunity if you don’t qualify it. So they actually were going to do a qualification run in the town where it was shot in Northern France,” Sehring tells me. “But ultimately the  French governing body said no. It had to be a wide release in order for it to qualify and so [Wild Bunch] called and said ‘We don’t want  to move off our date. We have a great date.’ It’s unfortunate.”

Although it won’t help Blue this year, Sehring hopes the Academy will deep-six the September 30th eligibility date and change it in the future to be more reflective of the realities of the international film industry. “It’s a global business right now and [it's not good] to hold the Foreign Language titles to a September 30th date. This present Academy administration has been really great about re-visiting things that don’t really make sense and I’m just hoping that will happen.” However as a distributor he does fully understand the Wild Bunch decision and its box office potential in France. “What could be better than that for them? If the French want to choose it as next year’s title I can always hope there, but unfortunately it didn’t work out in terms of qualification,” he said.

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Sundance Selects Takes North American Rights To Rock Docu ‘The Punk Singer’

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 12:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to The Punk Singer, the Sini Anderson-directed punk rock docu. The film covers the 20-year journey of outspoken feminist icon Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre. She rose to national attention as the voice of the riot grrrl movement, but when she stopped shouting, many wondered why. Tamra Davis, Gwen Bialic, Rachel Dengiz and Erin Owens are the producers. The film made its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW, and Sundance Selects plans a fall release.

Related: Sundance Selects Lines Up Docu ‘Dancing In Jaffa’

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Sundance Selects Lines Up Docu ‘Dancing In Jaffa’

By | Tuesday June 18, 2013 @ 11:41am PDT

Sundance Selects keeps filling up its dance card. The distributor has acquired North American rights to Dancing In Jaffa, Hilla Medalia’s Tribeca 2013 docu about ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine, who travels home to Israel … Read More »

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Sundance Selects Acquires Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’

Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects grabbed U.S. rights to the Roman Polanski-directed Venus In Fur. Polanski and David Ives wrote it based on the Tony-winning stage play by Ives. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star and Robert Benmussa and Alain … Read More »

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CANNES: Sundance Selects Lands U.S. For ‘Like Father, Like Son’

Mike Fleming

Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to Japanese writer-director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Jury Prize Winner Like Father, Like Son from Wild Bunch. With a screenplay by Kore-eda, the film stars Fukuyama Masaharu, Ono Machiko, Maki Yoko, and Lily Franky, and was produced by Kameyama Chihiro, Hatanaka Tatsuro, and Tom Yoda. … Read More »

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Cannes: Sundance Selects Picks Up Directors’ Fortnight Title ‘The Selfish Giant’

By | Thursday May 23, 2013 @ 2:01pm PDT

Sundance Selects has acquired its fourth film of the Cannes Film Festival, making a deal for North American rights to writer-director Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant. Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas and Sean Gilder star, and the pic … Read More »

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Cannes: Sundance Selects Acquires Dardenne Brothers’ ‘Two Days, One Night’ With Marion Cotillard

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Two Days, One Night, which will be directed by two-time Palme d’Or-winning auteurs Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and stars Marion Cotillard, Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet. … Read More »

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Tribeca: Sundance Selects Acquires ‘Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me’

NEW YORK, NY (April 29, 2013) – Sundance Selects announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to Chiemi Karasawa’s directorial debut ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME, a feature documentary about the stage and screen icon that made its world premiere last week at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film was produced by Karasawa and Elizabeth Hemmerdinger, and executive produced by Alec Baldwin and Cheryl Wiesenfeld.

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Sundance Selects/IFC Films Promotes Publicity & Marketing Execs

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 11:24am PDT

Sundance Selects/IFC Films has upped Lauren Schwartz to head of publicity and Shani Ankori to marketing chief. Schwartz, previously VP Publicity, will oversee the creation and implementation of national publicity campaigns, management of film festivals, and … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Dirty Wars’

By | Tuesday April 23, 2013 @ 9:32am PDT

Richard Rowley’s docu tracking investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill (Blackwater: The Rise Of The World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army) on a global hunt to uncover America’s secret wars on terror won the Cinematography award at Sundance. Scahill stars in and also wrote and produced the exposé. Sundance Read More »

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