By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act March 31, 2014 at 10:35AM
A film I'd pretty much written off for *dead* (after it seemingly disappeared after some initial hoopla 3 or so years ago) was resuscitated by Codeblack Films (a Lionsgate subsidiary) last year, when the company acquired North American distribution rights, for a spring 2014 release.
Leading up to that pick up last September, it had been a long while since Halle Berry's Sybil-like tale, Frankie & Alice, had been mentioned on this blog.
Codeblack announced that it will release the film on April 4, 2014, which is this Friday, meaning a theatrical run. It was originally set for a February 2011 release, after what was said to be a 1-screen Oscar-qualifying run in Los Angeles in December 2010. It didn’t garner Halle an Oscar nomination, but she was recognized by the Golden Globes for her performance (nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama).
After it didn't open as announced, in February 2011, I figured it would head straight to DVD, but it never did, and the film was essentially forgotten, until almost 3 years later, when Codeblack rode in to save the day.
Inspired by a true story, the drama centers around a young woman (Berry) with multiple personality disorder who struggles to cope with her disease.
Stellan Skarsgard, Phylicia Rashad, and Chandra Wilson also star in the film.
Berry also served as producer along with Vincent Cirrincione (Lackawanna Blues, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge).
“Halle Berry delivers a spellbinding performance in Frankie & Alice,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is thrilled to bring this important film to theaters nationwide delivering on our commitment to bring more quality films to the marketplace.”
It's been a busy last 12 months for Codeblack; most recent releases for the company include Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain, the romantic drama Things Never Said, starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, and George Tillman, Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete, starring Jennifer Hudson. Up next, will be the thriller Repentance, starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan, which will be out next month.
Halle Berry's Frankie & Alice will open on April 4, 2014.
Ahead of that release, 8 new clips have surfaced, and are embedded below: