Monday, May 20, 2024

‘Past Lives’; ‘Sister Anonymous’, ‘Rise’ at Specialty Box Office – Deadline

A24 follows You hurt my feelings last weekend with bilingual romance Past lives, kicking off a four-screen platform run in New York and LA, including Q&As led by talent who have championed the film, including Steve Buscemi, Jodie Turner-Smith and Lulu Wang. It expands this month.

The Sundance premiere picture from Celine Song, starring Greta Lee, Teo Yoo and John Magaro, has a 97% with critics on Rotten Tomatoes – Deadline review here – and 89% with audiences. It is part of the Alamo Drafthouse RECOMMENDS film series and has sold out, or nearly so, shows in LA, Austin, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago and Denver.

Nora and Hae Sung, two deeply connected childhood friends, are separated after Nora’s family immigrates from South Korea. Two decades later, they reunite in New York for a fateful week, grappling with notions of fate, love and the choices that make a lifetime. Playwright Song, in her first film, explores ‘in-yun’, a Korean belief in fate connecting two people who knew each other in a past life.

That’s a weekend between Cannes and the Tribeca Festival, which will see the indie film community descend on Manhattan starting next week.

Meanwhile, distributor actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus You hurt my feelings continues in over 900 screens in its second week. She has earned $2.23 million as of Thursday. Both films are older than the typical A24 audience.

Other important openings: Blue Fox Entertainment presents the comedy-drama Arise by Cedric Klapisch at two locations, Quad Cinemas in NYC and Laemmle’s Royal LA. Starring Hofesh Shechter, Marion Barbeau, Pio Marmai. A dancer whose life is shattered after she finds her lover cheating and suffers a career-threatening injury finds solace in friends, new love and a new contemporary dance troupe. Originally released in France in March 2022, it has made close to $11.2 million at the international box office.

documentary Anonymous sister by Jamie Boyle opens at IFC Center opens at NYC’s IFC Center. In Laemmle Monica on June 16. When a young woman (Boyle) turns to the camera for shelter, she ends up with a first-hand account of what will become the deadliest man-made epidemic in United States history. Thirty years in the making, the film is Boyle’s chronicle of her family’s struggle with the opioid epidemic, as she chronicles her sister’s and mother’s simultaneous descent into addiction while struggling with chronic pain. It picks up their story 13 years later, when both are sober but face new obstacles. Distributed by Long Shot Factory, presented by Big Mouth Productions.

Greenwich Entertainment presents the darkly comic fable Concerned citizen at the IFC Center in NYC and the Royal in LA. Starring Ariel Wolf and Shlomi Bertonov as a young gay couple who discover how dense and chic urban environments affect their relationship, values ​​and mental health. Premiere in Berlin.

Gravitas Ventures presents Abel Ferrara’s Italian historical drama Father Pio, starring Shia LaBeouf. On 40 screens, day-date. World War I has ended and Italian soldiers, broken but victorious, are returning to a poor village ruled by wealthy landowners. As the events surrounding Italy’s first free elections threaten to tear the countryside apart, Padre Pio battles his personal demons, eventually emerging from his spiritual anguish to become one of Catholicism’s most revered figures. Premiere in Venice 2022.

Events: Fathom Events presents a reprint of Raiders of the Lost Ark on Sunday (and next Wednesday, June 7) on over 700 screens.

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