Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
September weekends have been packed with Specialty newcomers and this Friday is no exception. One exec at a boutique outfit commented this weekend that the marketplace cannot sustain the heavy number of new films that have hit the marketplace lately, but the momentum is continuing nevertheless. Fox Searchlight, Roadside/Lionsgate and Tribeca Film are opening Enough Said, Thanks For Sharing and A Single Shot respectively. All boast star power, though their roll out strategies differ at least initially. Thanks For Sharing is by the far the biggest opener in terms of locations. Screen Media and Focus World will bow C.O.G. which is a David Sedaris-adapted story for the big screen, while TWC will open bio-comedy Haute Cuisine, which it hopes will attract foodies and China Lion will tap its core Chinese market with My Lucky Star. Documentaries are also on tap this weekend with Oscilloscope’s After Tiller potentially drumming up attention due to its controversial look at the four remaining doctors who perform late-term abortions in the U.S. Samuel Goldwyn’s The Short Game, meanwhile, is the SXSW audience award-winner centering on 7-year-old golfers. And First Run’s Men At Lunch investigates the back story of one of the depression-era’s most famous photographs.
One of James Gandolfini’s final roles, Enough Said premiered at the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the romantic comedy centers on a divorced woman who decides to pursue the man who is her new friend’s ex-husband. “Everybody was happy to be presenting the film at the Elgin [in Toronto],” said Fox Searchlight Senior V.P. Frank Rodriguez. “There was great audience response and everyone came out on stage including Nicole, Julia and Catherine, but there was a big hole with James not being there.” Searchlight had been involved with the project since its early days and Rodriguez called Holofcener’s work a good fit for the distributor. “Her films have been a combination of adult drama and touching a nerve with an audience, which is what we’re always looking for,” said Rodriguez. “She is right in the wheelhouse with that market.” Rodriguez said Searchlight has treaded carefully to not overplay the fact this is one of Gandolfini’s final new onscreen performances.” (more…)