Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Watch: Jesse Eisenberg And Kristen Stewart Go On In The Run In Red Band Trailer For 'American Ultra' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Tilda Swinton Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In 'Doctor Strange' Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ Watch: Jason Segel Plays David Foster Wallace Opposite Jesse Eisenberg In The First Trailer For ‘The End Of The Tour’ The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival The Top 10 Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions 5 Innovative Ways The Michael Fassbender/Marion Cotillard 'Macbeth' Differs From Previous Versions New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters New ‘Ant-Man’ Photos; Movie May Include More Marvel Cinematic Universe Characters Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Over 30 New 'Jurassic World' Photos, Plus 2 New Clips & Lots Of New TV Spots Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Matt Damon Goes Interstellar Again In New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Martian' Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ Cannes Awards Winners: Jacques Audiard's 'Dheepan' Wins Palme d’Or; Rooney Mara Ties For Best Actress With ‘Carol’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ First Look: Matt Damon As An Astronaut In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Watch: Incredible Vintage Footage Of Audience Reactions To 'The Exorcist' In 1973 Lonely Island Movie Is Called 'Conner4real,’ Targets Justin Bieber & Katy Perry, Adds Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, & More Lonely Island Movie Is Called 'Conner4real,’ Targets Justin Bieber & Katy Perry, Adds Sarah Silverman, Imogen Poots, & More Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Here's The Character Backstory For Doof aka Guitar Flamethrower Dude In 'Mad Max: Fury Road' The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever The 10 Most Controversial Cannes Films Ever New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' New NSFW, Extremely Graphic, Adults-Only Poster For Gaspar Noe's 'Love' The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Sundance '11: 'Salvation Boulevard,' 'Project Nim' & 'The Last Mountain' All Find Distribution

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist January 28, 2011 at 4:20AM

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is heading towards its final weekend, with the awards ceremony capping things off on Sunday night, and attendees are starting to head home, nursing hangovers and ski injuries. But things aren't quite over yet, and another day brings news of new distribution deals, with three films being acquired in the last 24 hours, and just when we thought we weren't going to have to hit the thesaurus to find new euphemisms for the word 'acquired.'
0


The 2011 Sundance Film Festival is heading towards its final weekend, with the awards ceremony capping things off on Sunday night, and attendees are starting to head home, nursing hangovers and ski injuries. But things aren't quite over yet, and another day brings news of new distribution deals, with three films being acquired in the last 24 hours, and just when we thought we weren't going to have to hit the thesaurus to find new euphemisms for the word 'acquired.'

First up is the satire "Salvation Boulevard," which stars Pierce Brosnan as a charismatic preacher trying to build a new church, and Greg Kinnear as the former hippie who takes the fall when Brosnan accidentally shoots a rival. There's a top-notch supporting cast as well, including Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Jim Gaffigan and Marisa Tomei, but the word's been fairly negative, for the most part, with most saying that the film's funny in spots, but mostly too broad and one-dimensional. Still, slapping that cast on a poster was too tempting for some to resist, and Deadline reports that IFC and Sony have teamed up to buy the North American rights, for an undisclosed sum. IFC will release the movie in theaters, while Sony presumably has the home entertainment spoils. Unless the reviews are wildly wrong, we're not particularly keen on this one, but we're sure it'll be worth checking out just for the cast.

More excitingly, Deadline also brings news that the festival's opener, the documentary "Project Nim," from "Man on Wire" director James Marsh, which was picked up by HBO Documentary Films before the festival began, will also get a theatrical release courtesy of Roadside Attractions. The film follows the titular Nim, a chimpanzee who became the center of an experiment, being raised as a human child to see if it would be able to communicate with language, and has picked up rave reviews ever since its first screening. As someone who had "Man On Wire" on their top 10 of the decade list, we're pleased as punch that this'll be seen on the big screen.

Finally, Dada Films has picked up US rights to the documentary "The Last Mountain" (again, via Deadline). The film, from director Bill Haney ("The Price of Sugar"), looks at the battle between an Appalachian community and a giant coal company, over the practice of blowing off the top of mountains, ruining the nearby landscape. Again, the film's received strong reviews, and Dada will release it in 20 top markets on June 3rd, making it the only film of the three to get a place on the calendar so far. We look forward to checking out all three, and indeed the rest of this year's Sundance grads, later in the year.

This article is related to: Films, Salvation Boulevard, The Last Mountain, Project Nim


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates