Sony Pictures Classics to Release Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS Starring Mia Wasikowska

     March 31, 2011


In November of last year, we reported that Sony had moved Oscar-nominated director Gus Van Sant’s (Milk) drama Restless from its January 28th release date to an unspecified date later in 2011. While the film, starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, is still without a solid release date (sometime around the fall 2011 festival season might make sense), a press release from Sony earlier today confirms that it has been shifted to the studio’s Sony Pictures Classics division who will handle its domestic distribution.

As a reminder, Restless tells the story of a terminally ill girl (Wasikowska) who befriends a gentleman who attends funerals for the heck of it (Hopper) and their ensuing friendship. You can check out a trailer for the film by clicking here. Hit the jump to check out the full press release.

restless_movie_image_mia_wasikowska_henry_hopper_01Here’s the press release:



NEW YORK (March 31, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Gus Van Sant’s new film, RESTLESS, in North America, with Sony Pictures Releasing International distributing the film in the rest of the world. Jason Lew penned the film’s script that stars Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk and Luisa Strus.  RESTLESS is produced by Bryce Dallas Howard, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard under the Imagine Entertainment banner and Columbia Pictures. SPC expects a fall release.

Van Sant assembled a world class crew to work on RESTLESS, director of photographer Harris Savides (MILK, AMERICAN GANGSTER, ZODIAC), production designer Anne Ross (LOST IN TRANSLATION, SOMEWHERE, THE SQUID AND THE WHALE), editor Elliot Graham (X MEN, SUPERMAN RETURNS, MILK), costume designer Danny Glicker (UP IN THE AIR, MILK, THANK YOU FOR SMOKING) and music by Danny Elfman (ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MILK, SPIDERMAN).

RESTLESS is a powerful and emotional coming of age story that centers on the relationship of two outsiders brought together by unforeseen circumstances.  The story of friendship becomes an engaging and provocative love story.

“Having known and admired Gus’ work for years, we are so pleased to be releasing his newest film, which to our mind, is one of his very best. We are also thrilled to be working with producer Bryce Howard and the impressive team at Imagine,” states Sony Pictures Classics.


Michael Barker and Tom Bernard serve as co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics—an autonomous division of Sony Pictures Entertainment they founded with Marcie Bloom in January 1992, which distributes, produces, and acquires independent films from around the world.

Barker and Bernard have released prestigious films that have won 25 Academy Awards® (24 of those at Sony Pictures Classics) and have garnered over 100 Academy Award® nominations (93 at Sony Pictures Classics) including Best Picture nominations for AN EDUCATION,CAPOTE, HOWARDS END, AND CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON.


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