Brian Brooks is managing editor of MovieLine.
David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis certainly has the publicity machine running in its favor with star Robert Pattinson getting lots of attention. Although the barrage of coverage has centered on the actor’s personal life, the movie’s distributor eOne said the star has stayed on message, focusing squarely on the film. Also among this weekend’s specialty openers, Persepolis filmmakers follow their popular Oscar-nominated movie with Chicken With Plums from Sony Pictures Classics, while Magnolia Films opens Compliance and Samuel Goldwyn Films ushers in its tech-laden Robot & Frank.
Chicken With Plums (Poulet aux prunes)
Directors-writers: Vincent Parannaud, Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Baer, Maria de Medeiros, Chiara Mastroianni
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Sony Pictures Classics released Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s breakout Iran-set animated Persepolis Stateside back in 2007 and received two Oscar-nominations. SPC co-heads Michael Barker and Tom Bernard had the filmmakers’ followup on their radar and eventually took it on. “We were interested in this film after our experience on Persepolis,” Barker said. Persepolis took in over $4.4 million at the box office. “We read the screenplay and liked it very much. We liked working with Marjane and Celluloid Dreams was selling the film … and then we saw it in its first screening in Toronto.” Set in France, the drama centers on a renowned violinist who loses his beloved instrument and cannot find a worthy replacement, which plunges him into deep despair. “It’s one of those films that is incredibly magical and she has a great following as a filmmaker,” said Barker. (more…)