A couple of key distribution and release date announcements have happened today for three films that have been or are likely to get a lot of critical love.
First up, Amazon has set Roadside Attractions to handle the theatrical release of its Sundance pickup “Manchester by the Sea”. One of the most talked about films of the festival, Kenneth Lonergan’s searing drama deals with the aftershocks of a family tragedy.
Roadside will debut the film in limited release on November 18th, before expanding wide at some point in mid-December. Both Amazon and Roadside teamed up on distribution of Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” and will do a traditional 90-day theatrical release for Whit Stillman’s upcoming “Love and Friendship”.
Next up, A24 has set a May 13th U.S. release date for the Colin Farrell-Rachel Weisz dark comedy “The Lobster” – a full year after the film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A24 picked up the rights from Alchemy who had planned to open it last week but has had financial issues which led to them dumping it.
Finally, Studiocanal has acquired various world rights to James Gray’s “The Lost City of Z”. Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland star in the true story tale of a soldier and explorer who embarked with his son on an expedition to find a mythical kingdom in the Amazon jungles. No release dates have yet been set.