EXCLUSIVE: The first weekend of November is a magical place for limited releases, when a slew of Oscar contenders have launched.
It’s when Open Road debuted Spotlight in 2015 which went on to win Best Picture, and it’s also the release date for a number of other Academy Award nominees such as A24’s Lady Bird (2017, 5 noms), Fox Searchlight’s Brooklyn (2015, 3 noms) and Focus Features’ Loving (2016, 1 Oscar), and Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything (5 noms), which won best actor for Eddie Redmayne.
Well, A24, following the world premiere of Trey Edward Shults’ Waves at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, will open that pic on Nov. 1 in limited release.
Written by Shults, Waves is set against the vibrant landscape of South Florida and traces the epic emotional journey of a suburban African-American family — led by a well-intentioned but domineering father — as they navigate love, forgiveness and coming together in the aftermath of a loss. Sterling K. Brown, Kelvin Harrison Jr and Lucas Hedges star. Shults’ 2015 Krisha won the SXSW Grand Jury Prize and the John Cassavetes Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards and played Cannes Critics’ Week. He directed A24’s 2017 horror pic It Comes at Night.
A24’s The Farewell has been praised by many as the platform release of the summer, racking up more than $13M after six weekends of play. It also had Ari Aster’s sublime genre thriller Midsommar, which has grossed close to $26M stateside and more than $35M WW. That pic follows a college girl who, after experiencing a tragedy, is pulled onto a trip with her boyfriend and his amigos to a funky and bloody Swedish summer solstice festival that occurs once a century.