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Trailer Watch: Peter Weir's The Way Back Gets Oscar Run

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 9, 2010 at 2:56AM

"Just keep walking."
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"Just keep walking."

Walking takes up a large part of Peter Weir's The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Saorise Ronan, a 1940 survival adventure inspired by Slavomir Rawicz's novel The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom. The trailer looks a tad more thrilling (below) than the movie really is, says Kris Tapley during this week's Oscar Talk. He raves about the film, which debuted at Telluride.

National Geographic Films, which is run by ex-Miramax chief Daniel Battsek, financed the film with Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Battsek is coordinating an Academy campaign with Chris Ball of Newmarket, who has started the new distribution wing Wrekin Hill Entertainment. They're giving the film a one-week qualifying run December 29, followed by a 500-screen break January 21. So with tender loving care from them and Cynthia Swartz of 42 West, do not discount the Oscar chances of this movie directed by Weir, a six-time Oscar nominee (Witness, Master & Commander). These people can boost a movie into contention.

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Headliners, Independents, Marketing, Oscars, Period, Drama, Colin Farrell

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.