United Artists Releasing opens Flag Day, directed and starring Sean Penn, in a uneven specialty market the place the Delta Variant spike has theaters in key cities requiring proof of vaccination, theaters are exhausting to ebook, and hits have been uncommon because the trade reopened.
Eventually “We’ll crack the code, because good movie and good stories win out.” mentioned Erik Lomis, President, Distribution at UAR. Older demos — the meat-and-potatoes of arthouse — “are less comfortable coming back than we all hoped. It’s a tough, tough market to crack… but there’s nothing like seeing it in a movie theater.”
The movie from MGM Studios premiered at Cannes and debuts in 24 theaters in 10 markets (NY, LA, San Francisco, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Minneapolis, Phoenix and San Diego). It expands subsequent weekend to 24 markets and 50 theaters. “We’ll proceed to roll out like that till we actually step on the gasoline relying upon market circumstances, Lomis mentioned.
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Flag Day relies on a real story, Jennifer Vogel’s memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life, tailored for the display screen by Tony Award-winner Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth. Penn is John Vogel, the charismatic grasp counterfeiter and problematic dad.
Penn’s daughter Dylan Penn has enchanted critics as Jennifer within the intimate household portrait of a younger lady who struggles to rise above the wreckage of her previous whereas reconciling the inescapable bond along with her father. (Deadline’s assessment here.)
“We saw the movie, we fell in love with the movie. Sean Penn is a force both in front of the camera and behind it, and Dylan blew us away,” mentioned Lomis.
It’s produced by William Horberg (The Queen’s Gambit), Jon Kilik and Fernando Sulichin. Executive producers, Maximilien Arvelaiz, Lawrence Kopeikin, Thorsten Schumacher, Vincent Maraval, Sidney Kimmel, Allen Liu, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Vaishali Mistry and John Wildermuth. An awesome soundtrack options authentic songs by Cat Power, Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder.
With Katheryn Winnick, Josh Brolin, Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble and Hopper Jack Penn.
Vaccination mandates at the moment are efficient in NYC, LA, San Francisco and New Orleans. While they’ve tamped down theatergoing in European markets, it’s too early to gauge the influence Stateside and actually might probably make some, together with the arthouse demo, really feel safer. As for NYC, Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned this week that 75% off all adults have acquired a minimum of one dose.
Lack of visibility in theatergoing and most communal actions is not any shock. The Atlantic mentioned it properly in a bit this week — regardless of huge strides in vaccinations Delta has “muddied a lot of people’s ability to gauge their own day-to-day risk, just as they’d begun to venture back out into the world and hug, eat, and laugh in the same airspace together again. In some ways, pandemic life is more confusing than ever… the list of things to consider about any given situation is longer and has fewer hard-and-fast rules.”
There’s not been one documented case of virus transmission at a movie show since Covid began.
The weekend comes amidst an ongoing shakeup within the arthouse area as family-owned LA-based arthouse chain Laemmle is put up for sale. It’s additionally the beginning of a pared down CinemaCon the place studios current cinema house owners clips of upcoming releases. The National Association of Theaters Owners final 12 months had reached out to arthouses, increasing membership to nonprofits and different independents for the primary time and never charging dues.
Also on the specialty docket this weekend: Demonic from IFC Midnight, directed and written by Neill Blomkamp, hits 85 theaters. The horror-sci-fi thriller starring Carly Pope, Chris William Martin and Michael Rogers portrays a younger lady who unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces on the root of a a long time outdated rift between mom and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.
Magnolia Pictures presents Crypotzoo animated characteristic by Dash Shaw, with the voices of Lake Bell, Michael Cera, Zoe Kazan, Emily Davis, Peter Stormare, Thomas Jay Ryan, Grace Zabriskie, Alex Karpovsky, Angeliki Papoulia and Louisa Krause.
Comic ebook author/artist/filmmaker Shaw’s fantastical movie follows ‘cryptozookeepers’ by a richly-drawn hallucinatory world as they wrestle to seize a baku (a legendary dream-eating hybrid creature) however start to surprise if they need to show these uncommon, mystical beasts within the confines of a zoo, or depart them hidden and unknown.
Written and directed by Shaw, with Jane Samborski directing the animation. Sundance 2021 (Next Innovator Award) *Berlinale 2021*Fantasia Film Festival 2021.
Documentaries embody Greenwich Entertainment’s Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power, a well timed portrait of the influential African American California Congresswoman and pioneer of racial and financial justice — and the lone voice in opposition to the authorization of army drive after the September eleventh assaults.
Director/Producer: Abby Ginzberg (Waging Change, Soft Vengeance: Albie Sachs and the New South Africa). Executive Producer: Jonathan Logan (Crip Camp, Welcome to Chechnya) Consulting Producer: Shola Lynch (Chisholm ’72, Free Angela and All Political Prisoners) Editor: Stephanie Mechura Impact Producer: Joslyn Rose Lyons. Cinematographers: Vicente Franco, Ashley James, Thomas Kaufman, Michael Moser.
Featuring: Barbara Lee, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cory Booker, Alice Walker, Van Jones, John Lewis, Ayanna Pressley, Lisa Blunt Rochester and Danny Glover.
On Broadway from Kino Lorber is modern historical past of Broadway directed by Oren Jacoby.
As audiences put together for the return of reside theater after an unprecedented absence of 18 months, an all-star forged tells the within story of the final time Broadway got here again from the brink. On Broadway exhibits how this revival helped save New York City due to revolutionary work, a brand new consideration to inclusion and the typically uneasy steadiness between artwork and commerce. Interviews with Hugh Jackman, Helen Mirren, Christine Baranski, August Wilson, James Corden, Alec Baldwin, John Lithgow and legends of stage and display screen.