Two icons are back in action this weekend as Roadside Attractions presents the comedy Go on starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, to nearly 800 screens in hopes it will reach female audiences.
Focus Features also opens with Willem Dafoe starring Inside by Vasilis Katsoupis on over 350 screens.
It was relatively quiet on the specialty front. “There’s not that much for that audience right now,” said Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside Attractions. “I think that’s the opportunity we felt — it’s after the Oscars and before the Sundance movies and summer movies.”
Fonda and Tomlin have great alchemy. They played together in the 1980s 9 to 5They starred together on the Netflix sitcom for seven years Grace and Frankiee and co-heads of the last 80 for Brady. The cast of her was directed by Paul Weitz Go on, which premiered in Toronto, also features Malcolm McDowell and Richard Roundtree. Appointment overview here. It’s been widely viewed for specialty, and Cohen said it’s a good sign that the trailer has garnered more than 7 million views. Fonda and Tomlin have been promoting the film on social media and TV appearances The view To The late show with Stephen Colbert. It dragged heavily before 80 for Brady.
Wide releases and franchises come with greater regularity, but specialty films have been slower to match the pace of new releases. “We don’t have that kind of flow in the indie world. There hasn’t been much for professional audiences since the fall,” said Cohen. “Part of it is if you build it, they will come. You need a reasonably regular diet of these movies that [people] wanna see. It’s about getting that habit back.”
“We’ll be patient,” he said, echoing other indie distributors.
Fonda and Tomlin play estranged friends who reunite to avenge their recently deceased best friend’s husband and make peace with the past and with each other.
psychological thriller Inside marks the directorial debut of filmmaker Katsoupis. Dafoe is Nemo, an art thief trapped in a New York City penthouse after his heist doesn’t go as planned. Trapped with nothing but priceless works of art, he must use all his cunning and invention to survive. It was premiered in Berlin. Appointment overview here.
Janus Films presents The innocent at the IFC Center in NYC. Louis Garrel’s comedy won the César for Best Original Screenplay for directors and co-writers Tanguy Viel and Naïla Guiguet, and Best Supporting Actress for Tár star Noemie Merlant. It also topped the nominations with 11. Garrel, Roschdy Zem and Anouk Grinberg also star in the film, about a suspicious young man trying to derail his mother’s new relationship with a recently released convict. premiered in Cannes. appointment verification. It will add Laemmle LA on April 7th and select theaters nationwide thereafter.
Also in the specialty: Niu Vision Media/Beyond Events open Chinese blockbusters Full river red by Yimou Zhang in over 150 cinemas in over 50 markets. In 12th-century China, an ambassador is killed and a letter destined for the emperor is stolen. As the quest for the letter unfolds, alliances are formed, mysteries revealed, and no one can stop the truth that is destined to leave its mark on history.