Friday, December 12, 2008

Films for the Press only...

The 5 Best Drama Golden Globe nominated films are:

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Revolutionary Road
Slumdog Millionaire

The number of these films opening up for wide Canadian theatrical distribution by mid-December is.....

drum roll.....

0. Zero.

None of them will be in theaters across Canada until Friday, Dec 19, when Slumdog Millionaire will make an appearance. Sorry, opening a film in one theater in Toronto does not count for Canada. I believe Revolutionary Road, the final of the 5, won't open until mid Jan 2009. On the other hand, all the 5 nominated Comedy/Musical films have opened in Canada or are already in cinemas:

Burn After Reading
In Bruges
Mamma Mia!
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

This is what happens almost every year. The serious films wait until the final week of December to open in just one theater somewhere in the US, while the rest of North America has to wait to see them until mid-January of the following year. Ofcourse, that is still better than the case for the 5 Foreign nominated films:

Der Baader Meinhof Komplex
Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick
Il y a longtemps que je t'aime
Waltz with Bashir

These might not open in theaters until 4-6 months into the next year or might not even get a theatrical run. Luckily, I have seen Gomorra via the film festival circuit and that was the only way people around the World would have seen the gripping Italian flick. In a way, the film festival circuits still continue to serve as an alternative distribution network, not only for foreign films but even some Hollywood ones.

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