Capitalizing on the media frenzy surrounding the newly announced Pope Francis, Sundance Selects announced today the re-release of Nanni Moretti’s papal comedy-drama We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam). The Cannes selection first debuted in theaters last April, when IFC gave it a minimal release that took in just $548,115. The pic, about a cardinal (Michel Piccoli) panicking after being elected Pope, will open in re-release next Wednesday in New York and will be available digitally via iTunes, Amazon, XBox, GooglePlay, Sony PlayStation, and SundanceNOW. Moretti directed from his script co-written with Francesco Piccolo and co-stars in the film with Piccoli and Jerzy Stuhr.
Damsels In Distress and We Have A Pope lead a new crop of specialty releases for the holiday weekend: Sony Pictures Classics’ Damsels averaging a robust $16,050 in four theaters and a total of $64,200 while Sundance Selects’ Pope averaged a solid $10,133 at three locations and total of $31,500. Director Whit Stillman’s first feature since Last Days Of Disco (1998), Damsels had originally been intended for release by the now long defunct Warner Independent when the director first approached Castle Rock with the concept, but was eventually picked up by Sony Pictures Classics. Disco opened back in May of ’98 at 22 theaters, averaging $12,618 and eventually taking in just over $3 million. SPC will continue to expand the film slowly with additional cities in the coming weeks.
Fairing more modestly in its opening weekend is Wrekin Hill’s documentary Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, which launched at one theater each in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Director Morgan Spurlock, who lead the multi-camera collaboration that captured the scene at last year’s annual mammoth comic book extravaganza Comic-Con, attended one screening in each city participating in post-screening Q&As. “The film opened [in these cities] so Morgan could be in each city,” a spokesperson for Wrekin Hill told Deadline. “The numbers were generally skewed by …
Among the upcoming Easter weekend’s new specialty releases is a feature about a fictional election of a reluctant pope, a fan’s view of a uber popular summer festival, a Willem Dafoe starrer set in one of earth’s most remote corners and a long awaited return of Metropolitan director Whit Stillman. Morgan Spurlock explains why he firmly remained behind the camera in Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope. IFC Films is playing up the humor factor in its latest Cannes release We Have A Pope. A producer from The Hunter explains how the harsh elements in one of Australia’s most remote areas posed both a challenge and a reward for their production and Damsels In Distress producer Martin Shafer offers insight on the slow but evolving process to bring Stillman’s latest to the screen.
Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
Director Morgan Spurlock
Writers: Joss Whedon, Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick
Subjects: Seth Rogen, Kevin Smith, Eli Roth, San Lee and more
Distributor: Wrekin Hill
A veteran both in front of the camera and behind for his previous documentaries including Super Size Me and The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock pitched the idea for Comic-Con Episode IV to potential investors as one in which he would firmly stay behind the limelight. “As much as I’m a fan of Comic-Con, I didn’t want it to be about me going in,” Spurlock told Deadline. …
Celebrated Italian director Nanni Moretti (The Son’s Room) divided audiences in Cannes last year with his latest, We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam). Starring French actor Michel Piccoli (Contempt) the feature centers on a cardinal who is elected as the next Pope. Wary of the spotlight and completely caught off guard, he panics as he’s presented to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square and withdraws physically and emotionally. To prevent a worldwide crisis, the Vatican calls in an unlikely psychiatrist who is neither religious or all that committed, played by Moretti, to find out what is wrong with the new pontiff. The film opens April 6th in the U.S.