London Film Festival

The Road gets special mention from London jury

The Road got a special mention from the London Film Festival jury at the awards ceremony on Wednesday. The award for best film went to Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet.”


John Hillcoat’s “The Road” drew a special mention from the jury, which included thesp Charlotte Rampling, directors John Akomfrah and Iain Softley, Gallic multihyphenate Mathieu Kassovitz and musician Jarvis Cocker. [Variety]

[Jury chair Anjelica Huston] paused to give a special mention to John Hillcoat’s apocalyptic father and son drama “The Road” for its devastating political statement and bleak but important message. [THR]

The official site for the film has finally been updated with cast and crew bios, production notes, pictures and other stuff. They even launched a game, Survive the Road.

The film will next be screened at the Night Visions festival in Helsinki (Oct. 31, 11.15PM) and at the AFI Fest in Los Angeles (Graumann’s Chinese Theater, Nov. 4 at 7PM). The U.S. release date is still November 25.

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The Road pushed back to November

This bizarre little article showed up on Variety yesterday and was edited today to confirm the latest release date for The Road — November 25.

Dimension Films has confirmed a Nov. 25 wide release for Cormac McCarthy adaptation “The Road,” which premiered at the Venice Film Fest. (…)
Weinstein is planning a multi-layered marketing operation for “The Road,” targeted at both fans of McCarthy’s book — which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2007 — and auds fascinated by the more ghoulish aspects of the tale such as the hordes of cannibal killers roaming the barren landscape. Pic will go out in 1,200 to 1,500 locations. (…)
“I can work with my brother Harvey on the artistic side of the film, which has the potential for awards,” Bob Weinstein told Daily Variety. “There are also people out there who may not have read the book but would love the aspects that deal with the basic survival story and are like an action thriller.”

Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm reported the same, confirming that the Weinsteins indeed meant this Thanksgiving.

Just received word from my local San Francisco reps that Dimension Films will be pushing back the release date of The Road, yet again, this time for a Thanksgiving release – November 25th 2009.

The film has so far been screened in Venice and Telluride and will be shown this Sunday/Monday (Sept. 13 & 14) in Toronto. It’s also been added to the London Film Festival lineup, so those in the UK will get an early chance to see it in mid-October (Oct. 16, 17 and 19 – details here). The film doesn’t open wide in the UK until January 8.

Here are the new posters:

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