Even Indie Movies Like “The Father” Are Nonetheless Shuffling Launch Dates

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If a movie’s release date is postponed from 2020 to 2021, it’s usually a blockbuster. At the very least, it almost always seems like a movie that is supposed to make a ton of money. Those looking to compete for prizes, and especially those who already seem ready to get at least Oscar nominations, haven’t changed their dates too much. Well, today we have news on some independent films that are taking this route, including one in The Father, which appears to be a pretty big contender for multiple Oscar quotes. Read on for more …

According to Variety, Sony Pictures is not only moving The Father, but also adjusting the dates for I Carry You With Me and The Truffle Hunters. The father goes from December 18th to February 26th. I carry you with me has no date (it was originally supposed to be out on January 8th), while The Truffle Hunters toast from December 25th to March 12th. Each of the films will receive an Oscar qualifying run in December. So that’s good news for the two of you who pulled out of the academy’s expanded window. As for the father, it just does the editing, but also has festival buzz and the perception that Anthony Hopkins in Best Actor, Olivia Colman in Best Supporting Actress, and the film itself in Best Picture were already a bit of a safe bet. Still, this is a sign that COVID continues to be a problem for the industry and will be for some time to come.

Here’s a bit from her report:

With COVID-19 cases increasing and many cinemas closed, Sony Pictures has announced new release dates for three upcoming films.

“The Father”, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, was originally scheduled to debut in a few weeks on December 18th. It will now be released on February 26, 2021. Director: Florian Zeller and screenplay: Zeller and Christopher Hampton. “The Father” shows an aging man struggling with dementia when his daughter moves in to take care of him.

“The Truffle Hunters”, directed by Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck, has also been postponed from its original Christmas Day release to March 12, 2021. The documentary follows a group of men in search of the Alba truffle in the forests of northern Italy and won recognition at the film festivals in Sundance, Toronto and New York.

Heidi Ewing’s feature film debut “I carry you with me” has also been pushed back. The film was originally scheduled to be released on January 8, 2021 and is now set to release in spring 2021. “I carry you with me” tells the story of two Mexican men who fall in love and finally emigrate to America to start a new life.

All three films will qualify for the 2020 year-end awards and lists in December.

Christian Vásquez and Armando Espitia appear in I Carry You With Me by Heidi Ewing, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of the Sundance Institute Photo by Alejandro López.
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(Source: variety)

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