Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired all international rights to Brett Haley’s “Hearts Beat Loud” in advance of its Sundance Film Festival premiere.
The tender drama about a father (Nick Offerman) trying to convince his daughter (Kiersey Clemons) to form a band premieres on the festival’s last night. It marks Haley’s third Sundance film in four years — he previously debuted “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” at the mountainside gathering. It’s a showy role for Offerman, allowing an actor best known for his comedic turn on “Parks & Recreation” to flex some dramatic muscles.
The deal excludes North American rights and was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Endeavor Content. Sony’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg negotiated the deal for the studio.
The film co-stars Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, and Toni Collette, with original music by Keegan DeWitt, and is set in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Heading into the festival, “Hearts Beat Loud” was one of the buzzier titles. Haley is the rare indie filmmaker who seems to combine strong critical notices with solid box office results. Both “The Hero” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams” did solid business when they were in theaters.
Sasha wass in attendance at the 2018 Sundance film festival for The Miseducation of Cameron Post and Hearts Beat Loud. I’ve added links to photos in the gallery in this post. Thanks to my friend Marcia for some of these.
January 18 – Sundance ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Screening After Party
January 19 – Sundance Variety Studio
January 19 – Sundance IMDb Studio
January 19 – Sundance LA Times
January 19 – Sundance Deadline Studio
January 21 – Sundance The Hollywood Reporter Studio
January 21 – Sundance Outfest Queer Brunch
January 21 – Sundance IMDB Studio
January 21 – Sundance Deadline Studio
January 21 – Sundance Variety Studio
January 22 – Sundance ‘The Miseducation of Cameron Post’ Screening
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Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment’s Hellboy reboot is going to miss the 25th anniversary of Mike Mignola‘s Dark Horse Comics creation by about a year, but the good news is that this new take on Anung un Rama will arrive early in 2019. Stranger Things star David Harbour takes on the title role in Neil Marshall‘s film, which also stars Milla Jovovich, Ian McShane, and Daniel Dae Kim.
As THR reports, Hellboy will arrive January 11, 2019. Currently, that puts the film in direct competition with Fox’s sci-fi/adventure flick Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, Donald Sutherland and Tommy Lee Jones, directed by James Gray; and Paramount’s curious comedy, What Men Want, fronted by Taraji P. Henson. Those films will all be followed up by the highly anticipated Glass from Blumhouse and Universal the very next week, so we’ll see which one has the best legs and/or which film(s) shifts schedules.
Here’s Harbour’s take on the character and how the reboot will approach his story:
“There are things that I’m gonna do that are different. Hellboy is the same character from the comics and from what Ron did, there are certain things that are the same thing, but I do think that—I don’t know, there’s a different approach because I sort of highlight different things, I think, than Ron does. Ron sort of embraces this machismo in himself and in Hellboy, and I really like it and it’s super fun and it’s a super fun performance, but I think Hellboy has a certain psycho dynamic where occasionally he has to prove that he’s the lion, has to roar, and I think he struggles with his own masculinity. But I don’t think he needs that as much as maybe those other movies. I have a bit of a different take on his capability or his slickness. I sort of think that for me he’s a little less skilled at constructing that persona.”
Competition highlights include the post-apocalyptic drama ‘I Think We’re Alone Now’ from director Reed Morano (‘The Handmaid’s Tale’).
The #MeToo movement is hitting Sundance.
A Gloria Allred documentary titled Seeing Allred will make its world premiere at Sundance 2018, joining a lineup of films that also includes the Keira Knightley-starrer Colette, Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot and the Daisy Ridley post-Star Wars vehicle Ophelia.
This year’s incarnation of the annual indie festival is chock-full of ripped-from-the-headlines fare, including the Trump-Russian propaganda doc Our New President, the Koch brothers exposé Dark Money, the Ku Klux Klan drama Burden (starring Garrett Hedlund and Forest Whitaker) and Desiree Akhavan’s gay conversion dramedy The Miseducation of Cameron Post.
But perhaps nothing will hit the zeitgeist more squarely than Seeing Allred, which will be tweaked right up until the last minute to address the growing list of sexual harassment and assault claims that continue to rock Hollywood, the media and politics on a daily basis.
“The filmmakers did notify us that they were going to continue shooting to add to the documentary as all of the allegations were breaking,” Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth said Wednesday in a statement. “So, there is a real sort of timely quality to that film.”
Directed by Sophie Sartain and Roberta Grossman, the doc traces the life of the nation’s most visible women’s rights attorney, who has taken on President Donald Trump, Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein and has become a force within the #MeToo movement of victims speaking out about being abused by powerful men. Marta Kauffman (Friends) is a producer.
The festival on Wednesday unveiled the 110 films from 29 countries that will screen as part of the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT sections. Of the dramatic competition hopefuls, roughly one-third are directed by women. That’s a positive sign for the indie film industry when compared to studio film world, where women continue to represent less than 10 percent of directors.
“I don’t think you ever take a sigh of relief. It takes constant vigilance,” said John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival. “I think what’s really changing for our audiences and for the filmmakers is just an awareness of how important other voices are not just to change in the world but also just as far as the entertainment factor, for fresh stories, for stories that are not just dull and boring. I think that’s what independent film has always done.”
Among the competition highlights are Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie Borden thriller Lizzie, with Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, and Monsters and Men, Reinaldo Marcus Green’s take on a police killing of a black man.
Another highly anticipated film is Reed Morano’s post-apocalyptic drama I Think We’re Alone Now, starring Peter Dinklage and Elle Fanning.
“Like Morano’s The Handmaid’s Tale, it’s creating tension out of quietness,” said Cooper of the film. “A lot of The Handmaid’s Tale, which I loved, is a lot of quiet that was just eerie and unsettling.”
The festival is set to kick off in and around Park City, Utah, on Jan. 18 and run through Jan. 28.
This year’s batch of films were selected from 13,468 submissions, including 3,901 feature-length films and 8,740 short films. Of the feature film submissions, 1,799 were from the U.S. and 2,102 were international. Last year, the fest drew 71,638 attendees.
A complete list of films screening in the U.S. Competition, World Competition and NEXT as well as Premieres, Midnight, Spotlight and Kids sections follows.
U.S. DRAMATIC COMPETITION
Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film. Films that have premiered in this category in recent years include Fruitvale Station, Patti Cake$, Swiss Army Man and The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post / U.S.A. (Director: Desiree Akhavan, Screenwriters: Desiree Akhavan, Cecilia Frugiuele, Producers: Cecilia Frugiuele, Jonathan Montepare, Michael B. Clark, Alex Turtletaub) — In 1993, after being caught having sex with the prom queen, a girl is forced into a gay conversion therapy center. Based on Emily Danforth’s acclaimed and controversial coming-of-age novel. Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Sasha Lane, Forrest Goodluck, John Gallagher Jr., Jennifer Ehle. World Premiere