Update on Synecdoche, New York; Che; Two Lovers

A new article with a stupid title at The Hollywood Reporter updates us on three high-profile indie projects (is that a contradiction in terms?) that went unsold at this years Cannes Film Festival: Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che, a biopic of Che Guevara starring Benicio del Toro; the Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow drama Two Lovers; and Charlie Kauffman’s directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York, starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener.

The skinny:

It took two months for the $20 million-plus Synecdoche to land a U.S. distribution deal with Sony Pictures Classics. 2929 Prods. gave up on finding an outside buyer for its $12 million Lovers, deciding to release it through sister company Magnolia Pictures. And Soderbergh’s $65 million Che is still searching for a home.

…and if Soderbergh insists on releasing “the two-part, four-hour-plus film as one movie in limited December openings (and) then… the first part in January and the second in February,” it’s likely to continue searching for a while.

Synechdoche, New York, is about “a theater director named Caden Cotard, whose life in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his body’s autonomic functions. Worried about the transience of his life, he moves his theater company to a warehouse in New York City. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside.” Sony Classics plans to release it “in the fall.”

We Own the Night director James Gray’s Two Lovers is about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) “torn between the family friend his parents wish he would marry and his beautiful but volatile new neighbor”… played by Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw (The Hills Have Eyes), although I’m not sure who plays which role. Still, no sympathy for you, buddy. The film will get a limited release “early next year with New York and Los Angeles openings.”

Posted on July 31, 2008 at 10:55 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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