Film veterans David Fenkel, Daniel Katz and John Hodges are teaming up on A24, a new distribution company the will launch at next month’s Toronto Film Festival. The company hopes to release eight to 10 films a year, several of them theatrically and all on VOD. It will also produce and acquire movies, including American indie and international titles. Fenkel is best known for starting Oscilloscope Laboratories, the producer/distributor of such celebrating indie titles as WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, MEEK’S CUTOFF, THE MESSENGER and HOWL. The company, the brainchild of former Beastie Boys musician and internet entrepreneur Adam Yauch, will release the European films WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Andrea Arnold), FOUR LOVERS (Antony Cordier) and the Cannes sensation REALITY by Matteo Garrone. As far as the new company is concerned, a joint statement indicated that “we see an exciting opportunity right now for movies in the domestic space especially given all the new ways to target moviegoers and the changes that are happening in the marketplace”. It is always a good news story to have a new distributor on the scene to acquire worthy indie and international films and bring them to the marketplace.
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The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, 2019) 1 out of 4 stars. Based on Charles Brandt’s 2004 true-crime nonfiction book I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran & Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa, Martin Scorsese’s latest sprawling mob epic, … Continue reading
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Snowpiercer), is a film with, and about, many layers. A parable about the wages of capitalist sins masquerading as a story of a long … Continue reading