After making a mega-splash at the box office last year, Woody Allen gets some time in front of the camera with John Turturro‘s comedy Fading Gigolo, which he also stars in along with Sharon Stone. Millennium Entertainment will open the title in limited release. Two docs are among this weekend’s crop of new Specialty releases, including Sundance title Cesar’s Last Fast as well as penis documentary The Final Member from Drafthouse Films. China Lion is opening action-crime feature That Demon Within, which co-stars Nick Cheung who recently won Best Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards for his role in Unbeatable. Magnolia is rolling out Tasting Menu, hoping to re-create a recipe of lofty box office returns from its previously released food-oriented fare. And Anchor Bay will open Small Time from first time filmmaker Joel Surnow in just over a dozen locations.
Director-writer: John Turturro
Cast: John Turturro, Woody Allen, Sharon Stone, Vanessa Paradis, Liev Schreiber
Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
John Turturro directed Woody Allen’s one-act play Honeymoon Hotel in 2011. “I was thinking it would be interested to do something with Woody, but I didn’t know if we’d have chemistry,” said Turturro about the beginnings of what would become Fading Gigolo. The comedy centers on Fioravante who decides to become a Don Juan as a way of making money for his cash-strapped friend, Murray. The pair wind up in the sex business. “I didn’t know how I’d approach it but we exchanged notes,” said Turturro. “I did research on living that kind of life and on the Hasidic community. I wanted to make a human comedy and [Woody Allen] encouraged me to take that route.” Read More »
Here’s the official trailer for Drafthouse Films‘ latest docu acquisition The Final Member, about an American, an aging Icelander, and the proprietor of the only “phallological museum” in the world, whose lives intertwine in a quest for immortality as one man attempts to complete his penis exhibit with one last specimen. The Fantastic Fest title is the latest envelope-pushing docu pickup for Drafthouse which has The Act of Killing gunning for an Oscar. The stranger than fiction Final Member, directed by Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math, hits theaters April 18:
Related: Drafthouse Films Grabs Penis Docu ‘The Final Member’
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Jonah Bekhor and Zach Math’s penis-themed documentary The Final Member, adding to its lineup of boundary-pushing films (Bullhead, The Act Of Killing). I saw The Final Member last year at Fantastic Fest, where the Alamo Drafthouse kitchen cheekily served deep-fried veal testicles during a particularly squirmy part of the film. Memorable experience to say the least. The Final Member tracks Sigurður “Siggi” Hjartarson, founder of the Icelandic Phallological Museum, who has dedicated his life to collecting and displaying the male organ from every mammal on Earth. The only gap in his collection: a human specimen. Enter two prospective donors, one an elderly Icelandic lothario, the other an American obsessed with making his genitalia a star. As the aging Siggi feels the clock ticking to complete his life’s work, the contest for that coveted final slot takes bizarre and unexpected turns. It’s a sweet, stranger-than-fiction tale that’s also primed for a narrative remake, if any studio had the balls to make a movie about, well, you know. Drafthouse’s James Emanuel Shapiro negotiated the deal with Andrew Herwitz of The Film Sales Company on behalf of the film’s producers. Drafthouse is plotting a 2014 theatrical and VOD release, partnering on digital with VHX. (You’ll have to provide your own in-theater snacks.)