People in the US can now pre-order the Cosmopolis on Blu-ray & DVD. It will be released on January 1st 2013.
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Entertainment One picked up Cosmopolis as a finished film just ahead of its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film opened soon after its somewhat disappointing box office debut in Cronenberg’s native Canada, although the barrage of press in the U.S. surrounding the film’s main star, Robert Pattinson, and his legion of die-hard fans may provide the title some reversal of fortune at least initially. Beyond the hype, it should also play well to Cronenberg’s most ardent fans noted eOne’s VP theatrical, marketing and distribution Dylan Wiley. “I think this movie is Cronenberg at his most ‘Cronenbergiest,” said Wiley. Pattinson and Cronenberg “have a wide audience and if they catch on, we’ll take it out as wide as it will go.” Wiley noted that the natural audiences for Pattinson, Cronenberg and Cosmopolis novelist David DeLillo don’t “share much overlap,” so the potential appeal is wide. “On the marketing side, it’s about harnessing the multiple awareness we already have. Obviously Pattinson has his fan-base and Don LeLillo has his target audience. Cronenberg has a bit older, smart and affluent following along with younger males and the hipster crowd.”
“To Rob’s credit, he has fulfilled everything he’s been asked to do and more,” said Wiley. “It’s a testament to him personally and also about what he feels about this movie and what it means to him and his development as an actor. [For him] the focus has been only on the movie. He’s been very professional in keeping the focus on his work for Cosmopolis.” The film’s U.S. release this weekend had already been pre-set months ago. “We’re doing an accelerated platform release, playing the Landmark in Los Angeles and the Sunshine and Lincoln Center in New York,” said Wiley. “Cronenberg will do Q&As at Lincoln Center. We know the audiences there will be naturally huge for him because of the number of fans he has in New York, and we expect the film to play there a long time.Next week, we’ll add 20 markets and then around the 31st, we’ll add more which will bring the film up to about 50 markets.”
Entertainment One has just provided us the following information for Cosmopolis showings. Tickets for LA & NY Showings are on sale now. Links are below:
We will have more information on where to buy them in the rest of the country soon.
ENTERTAINMENT ONE TO BRING DAVID CRONENBERG THRILLER
TO US THEATRES ON AUGUST 17
LOS ANGELES/TORONTO – Entertainment One Films US is thrilled to announce the US release date for David Cronenberg’s COSMOPOLIS has been set for August 17, 2012. The film had its world premiere at this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
COSMOPOLIS will open in New York and Los Angeles before expanding into additional markets.
From director David Cronenberg (A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE, DEAD RINGERS, THE FLY, EASTERN PROMISES) and based on the prophetic novel by Don DeLillo, comes COSMOPOLIS, a contemporary thriller that turns into a wild, hypnotic odyssey through our new millennium’s obsessions with power, money, control, information, technology, violence, sex, mortality, revolution, destruction and ultimately, redemption.
Unfolding in a single cataclysmic day, the story follows Eric Packer (Robert Pattinson) – a 28-year old financial whiz kid and billionaire asset manager – as he heads out in his tricked-out stretch limo to get a haircut from his father’s old barber, while remotely wagering his company’s massive fortune on a bet against the Chinese Yuan. Packer’s luxe trip across the city quickly becomes dizzyingly hellish as he encounters explosive city riots, a parade of provocative visitors, and is thrust into a myriad of intimate encounters. Having started the day with everything, believing he is the future, Packer’s perfectly ordered, doubt-free world is about to implode.
COSMOPOLIS also stars Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, K’Naan and Emily Hampshire, with Samantha Morton and Paul Giamatti.
Cosmopolis is produced by Paulo Branco of Alfama Films and Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures, and is co-produced by Grégoire Melin of Kinology.
Entertainment One is also thrilled to bring COSMOPOLIS to audiences in Canada on June 8, 2012 and to UK theatres on June 15, 2012.
Accord to eOnefilms, the distributor for Cosmopolis, a premiere will be held in NYC on August 13th.
Here is the US Cosmopolis Poster
Here is the US trailer
or click here to watch.
Screencaps after the jump!
This is a rough Google Translation for now:
Mr. Pattinson as Eric Packer is leaving once his aura, his limo, and now he is attacked with a cake. Was there a similar moment in your career?
Strangely, I have a similar scene in “Water for Elephants” shot. But otherwise, no, not that I know of. Maybe in a metaphorical sense …
No aggressive paparazzi and overzealous fans?
No, that has been trusted no one. Thank God that would have otherwise had a Bad injury.
How would you describe your character in the movie?
Eric Packer is a man who looks at the whole world very abstract, himself, his body, his fellow men. He wears egomaniacal trains and lives in its deepest interior withdrawn, in a world where there is not the actual reality. Throughout the film, he finally tries to regain control of his body, about himself, until he gives up completely at the end.
What will remain of Eric Packer?
It’s weird. I had to remember me as much text and I thought these lines would disappear from my head as soon as each scene is filmed. But the words are still there, I can still memorize the entire script. It sounds stupid now, but there are times a day, which I quote passages DeLillo, error-free. David (Cronenberg) always says: “It’s like the Bible! There is a quote for every occasion! “Somehow DeLillo’s words are still with me arrested. Its importance is more and more aware. Especially in the scene with Samantha Morton, as we talk about the future, there are passages that haunt me literally.
Don DeLillo – Repubblica (Italy)
How did you feel to see Robert Pattinson, actor famous for having played a vampire in a literary creation of yours?
Don DeLillo: The character he portrays is very close to that of the novel. However, I’ve never seen Twilight and when I write I have in mind neither the film nor anyone who can interpret it. I just care that will be played by good actor
Some quotes look familiar because they’re asking the same questions, but looks like it’s a new interview. They talk more about Rob.
Le Monde: This way of perceiving a script can suprise coming from an author so versed in genre movies?
David Cronenberg: It is often thought that the cinema is a visual art. I think that for me, it’s a more complicated combination. For me, the heart of cinema is a face that talks. It’s what we film the most. I heard someone say that the last 22 minutes of the movie – where’s there is only Paul Giamatti and Robert Pattinson in a room – is like theater. I don’t think so. In a play, you woudln’t have wide shots, movements from the camera, change of lighting. This is cinema. Without close-ups, there’s no cinema.
Le Monde: And Robert Pattinson?
DonDeLillo: The character he plays is really close to the one in the book. I haven’t seen Twilight, but I impressed my two 13 years old nieces when I told them the British Robert Pattinson was going to play in a movie adapted from one of my books. They respect me now!
David Cronenberg: Casting is an occult art. It’s a matter of intuition. There’s objectives factors tho. The character is 28, he’s american. We needed someone who would look that age and that could do a perfect American accent. The movie is partnership between France and Canada. Also, I could only use one American actor and for me, it was Paul Giamatti. I could get an English actor tho.
Then of course, there’s the presence of the actor, he has to be able to portray a complex, crual, brutal and almost vulgar character in a way. He has to be really sophisticated and vulnerable at the same time, naiive and childish. If only to make people believe that he’s capable of accomplishing so much, he needs strength and charisma. Moreover, he’s in every scene. It doesn’t mean he has to be handsome bu he has to be nice enough to look at for an hour and a half. And to finish, he needs to have some kind of notoriety. When a movie cost some kind of budget, you need to be able to tease your financial partners. And with all these restrictions, the list of actors you need, gets shorter. I thought about Rob pretty early on.
Cronenberg and DeLillo interviews – Rob mentions are bolded and underlined. The interview is pretty spoilery so read at your own risks!
Were you familiar with Don DeLillo’s novel?
No. But I had read some of his other novels. I first read the screenplay David Cronenberg sent me, and then the novel. One is incredibly true to the other, it is faithful in a way that seems impossible, for a novel that see med impossible to adapt. But even before reading the book, what impressed me the most about the script was the quick-paced rhythm and the unrelenting tension.
What was it about this film that appealed to you the most?
Cronenberg, obviously! I have played in only a few films, and none of them came close to what I expected working with him would be like. I wasn’t disappointed… I knew he would be very creative, and that it would be a real experience. And I was appealed by the writing of the script, like a kind of long poem. And a mysterious poem too. Usually when you read a script, you quickly know what it is about, where it is going, how it will end, even if there might be unexpected or sophisticated twists and turns in the plot. But this time it was completely different, the further I read, the less I could figure out where it was leading, and the more I wanted to be a part of it. It doesn’t fit any film genre whatsoever, it is in a league of its own.
*Video* Paulo Branco The Producer of Cosmopolis Speaks About the Movie, Cannes and Robert Pattinson Going to Portugal
Video 1: Translation by CosmopolisFilm
Journalist (J): The film, produced by Paulo Branco Portuguese, will compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. The list chosen to tender, selected by the jury, was released this morning in Paris and includes the movie Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg and produced by Paulo Branco. The film has been touted as one of the movies of the year and his debut is generating great expectations. The main actor is Robert Pattinson, star of movies of the Twilight saga, which has built an army of fans around the world.
Video 2: Translation from RP Life:
I: Paulo, good evening. This is the 11th movie that you produce and has been selected to the competition in Cannes – the most important film festival in Europe. From what we saw in the trailer and from the little we know, this is not an European movie. Is this your most important movie?
PB: Well, as a producer I like to think all movies are important, but this one is special, of course. It’s a movie where, for the first time, I worked the way they do on the other side of the Atlantic. It was filmed in Toronto with one of the best directors in the world, David Cronenberg, that was kind enough to listen and accept my proposal, and with great Hollywood actors. And it’s the first time I work on a movie this big and with this budget.
I:We’re talking about a major production?
PB: We’re talking about a medium American production, about 15M Euros. A French-Canadian movie. We had as much support from France as from Canada. Although, it is a budget that indie producers are not used to, especially with the freedom I had to produce this movie: choosing the director, David Cronenberg, and the actors (along with Cronenberg). It was an unique experience. I am proud (for the movie) to be in Cannes now; to be aknowledged. Every movie in Cannes, in competition, they’re not just “another movie”. It’s always something special, someone who has been and follows the festival, can understand.
I:The cast and crew of this movie is impressive. Famous director, David Cronenberg. The main actors are, I should say, even more famous (Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson, from the Twilight Saga). I want to know if there’s anything planned for the release of the movie in Portugal in May with them?
PB:Precisely. It was created some sort of empathy with Don de Lillo, David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson, that since the beginning, when I talked about the idea of doing a small promo tour in Europe to promote the movie, starting in Portugal, they immediately accepted. They’ll be here right after Cannes for the Portuguese premiere of the movie. I think it’s an unique event, for a movie premiere, in Portugal. And an example of professionalism and devotion from the people that worked in this film. For Pattinson, this project is essential. He watched the movie and personally told me that it was, maybe, the project that he was most proud of and wanted to support it wherever it was necessary. Don DeLillo, one of the biggest writers in the world, when saw the movie… (Interviewer interrupts Paulo Branco)
The last question is hard to understand, Paulo Branco talks about Cannes, promoting and selling movies at the festival.