News on two, two, two acquisitions for you, you, you:
- Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions picked up Emperor, their fourth joint acquisition out of TIFF this year. (The first three were Thanks for Sharing, Imogene, and Much Ado About Nothing.) Tommy Lee Jones and Matthew Fox star as the generals who led the investigation into whether to charge Emperor Hirohito for war crimes following World War II. Eriko Hatsune and Toshiyuki Nishida co-star.
- Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American rights to Saudi writer/director Haifaa Al-Mansour‘s Wadjda. The story centers on a 10-year-old girl enters her school’s Koran recitation competition to win enough money to buy a bike. SPC will release Wadjda in 2013.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
The line-up for the 2012 Telluride Film Festival has been announced. The program will include Michael Haneke’s Palm d’Or-winning Amour, the Bill Murray-fronted Hyde Park on Hudson, Michael Winterbottom’s Everyday, the Michael Shannon crime thriller The Iceman, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell, and many more. The festival will also include some special surprise screenings, with Ben Affleck’s highly anticipated drama Argo rumored to appear. Additionally, the 2012 Silver Medallion Awards will be given to Roger Corman, Marion Cotillard, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Hit the jump to read the full press release which includes the entire line-up. The 2012 Telluride Film Festival runs from August 31 – September 3rd.
The line-up for the 2012 Venice Film Festival has been announced and it’s a surprisingly lean year. Usually, there’s a lot of overlap between the Toronto International Film Festival and Venice, but the only major crossovers are Terrence Malick‘s To the Wonder, Robert Redford‘s The Company You Keep, Ramin Bahrani‘s At Any Price, Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, and Ariel Vromen‘s The Iceman. Venice does have a few standout exclusives this year, most notably Brian De Palma‘s new film, Passion, starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace. Other notable exclusives include Abdallah Omeish‘s Witness: Libya (executive produced by Michael Mann) and Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2012 Venice Film Festival runs August 29 – September 8th.