The Sydney Film Festival has announced a new film for the 2013 program, direct from this year’s Cannes Film Festival: Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra. The film looks at the virtuoso pianist and flamboyant star of stage and television, Liberace (Michael Douglas), and his five-year love affair with a young stranger named Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) – from its beginnings to their bitter and public breakup. The cast also includes Dan Ackroyd, Scott Bakula, Rob Lowe, Tom Papa, Paul Reiser and Debbie Reynolds.
This is another big pick up for the Sydney Film Festival, and Behind the Candelabra will screen on Tuesday 11 June at 9:45pm at Event Cinemas George Street (EV4) and Friday 14 June at 8:00pm Event Cinemas George Street (EV9).
Speaking of Cannes, Fruitvale Station seems to be following in the footsteps of Beasts of the Southern Wild; Ryan Coogler’s work is the first feature at the French festival to receive almost universally positive feedback, continuing on from its double award success at the Sundance Film Festival. With The Weinstein Company distributing the film, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Michael B. Jordan or Melonie Diaz getting an Academy nomination. I also wouldn’t be surprised if this plays at the Melbourne International Film Festival.
It seems a Toronto International Film Festival premiere is extremely likely for Michael Dowse’s (Goon, Take Me Home Tonight) newest effort The F Word, the completed production of Elan Mastai’s screenplay which recently featured on the Black List.
The romantic comedy stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan as twentysomethings who feel an instant connection after they meet at a party, despite the fact that Kazan’s character has a boyfriend. The film also stars Rafe Spall, Adam Driver, Megan Park and Amanda Crew.
Dowse is supposedly very keen on premiering where it was shot and considering the prestige of playing TIFF, this would be a big debut for the rom-com. eOne Films International is officially handling the film, which means Hopscotch Films will be providing Australian distribution. While MIFF now seems out of the question, an Adelaide or Brisbane festival screening is very possible.
At this time, both The Bling Ring and Much Ado About Nothing will be skipping Australian festival premieres, preferring immediate theatrical distribution instead. The Bling Ring is currently slated for a July 25th release – MIFF’s Opening Night – while Much Ado About Nothing has been pushed up to July 11th, with a Special Screening on May 30th at Dendy Newtown.
While many will be excited to see Joss Whedon’s new film in general release earlier than expected, it is believed the new date is due to Whedon himself not being available for an Australian appearance – likely to have been MIFF. Work with Marvel has stepped into high gear again, with the director working on both Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Avengers 2.
Despite the disappointing news above, it seems it has left the door open for another big director to make an Australian appearance, with strong talk Edgar Wright might be coming down for the Australian Premiere of The World’s End. Wright was unable to make it to Australia for the release of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and it seems the British director wants to rectify that.
With The World’s End currently scheduled for an October 3rd release, Edgar Wright’s newest feature could be a Gala Screening at MIFF, with the festival yet to announce their Opening and Closing Night titles.
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