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Even Indie Films Like “The Father” Are Still Shuffling Release Dates

Usually, when a film sees its release date bumped from 2020 and into 2021, we’re talking about a blockbuster. At the very least, it seems to almost always be a movie designed to make a bunch of money. The ones hoping to contend for awards, and especially the ones who already seem poised to score nominations at minimum from the Academy Awards, haven’t changed their dates too much. Well, today we have news on a few independent flicks that are opting to take this route, including one in The Father that seems like a fairly big contender for multiple Oscar citations. Read on for more…

According to Variety, not only is Sony Pictures moving The Father, they’re also adjusting dates for I Carry You With Me and The Truffle Hunters. The Father is going from December 18th to February 26th. I Carry You With Me no longer has a date (it was initially meant to hit on January 8th), while The Truffle Hunters is bumping from December 25th to March 12th. Each of the films will still get an Oscar qualifying run in December, so that’s good news for the two that were moving out of the Academy’s extended window. As for The Father, it just makes the cut, but also has festival buzz and the perception that Anthony Hopkins in Best Actor, Olivia Colman in Best Supporting Actress, and the movie itself in Best Picture were already somewhat safe bets. Still, it’s a sign that COVID continues to be an issue for the industry, and will be for some time.

Here’s a bit from their report:

With COVID-19 cases on the rise and many movie theaters closing, Sony Pictures has announced new release dates for three upcoming films.

“The Father,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, was originally meant to debut in just a few weeks on Dec. 18. It will now release on Feb. 26, 2021. Directed by Florian Zeller and written by Zeller and Christopher Hampton, “The Father” depicts an aging man struggling with dementia as his daughter moves in to take care of him.

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

Heidi Ewing’s feature debut, “I Carry You With Me,” has also been pushed back. Originally meant to release on Jan. 8, 2021, the film is now eyeing a spring 2021 release. “I Carry You With Me” tells the story of two Mexican men who fall in love and eventually emigrate to America to build a new life.

All three films will have qualifying runs in December for 2020 year-end awards and lists.

Christian Vásquez and Armando Espitia appear I Carry You With Me by Heidi Ewing, an official selection of the NEXT program at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Alejandro López.
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Stay tuned for more on all three of these movies…

(Source: Variety)

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