Oh…Sorry, Missed That

It’s conceivable that Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (Focus Features, 11.18) might play the New York Film Festival following its Venice Film Festival debut, but it definitely won’t play the Toronto Film Festival. Deadline‘s Pete Hammond reminded me this morning that he reported this four days ago (on 7.26) in his piece about Oscar-season shufflings. My bad — I focused that day only on Paramount’s decision not to put Jason Reitman‘s Young Adult into any of the fall festivals.

On the other hand Hammond buried his revelation about Tinker, Tailor in the fourth paragraph of his story, so I’m not entirely out to lunch.

I asked yesterday if Tinker Tailor might eventually be confirmed as a Toronto Film Festival attraction or perhaps as a New York Film Festival closing-nighter or centerpiece. It would make sense to screen it at one of these two festivals following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, or concurrently with Venice at Telluride.

I asked the Focus Features gang and the N.Y. Film Festival crew for help, and they both stonewalled me. Even when I asked them to at least confirm yea or nay about Toronto being a no-go…silence. Focus played hide-the-ball last year with Sofia Coppola ‘s Somewhere, showing it at Venice but otherwise dodging the fall festivals. Will they repeat this strategy for Tinker Tailor? Possibly, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a NYFF deal is announced soon.

I wonder what ESPN’s Bill Simmons thinks about Young Adult side-stepping the festival circuit. On 7.6 he said during an ESPN B.S. report with Chris Connelly that he’d caught a screening of Adult and felt it was “tremendous.” I need to write or call him.

21 thoughts on “Oh…Sorry, Missed That

  1. Los Bostonian on said:

    Jeff I would be really intrigued to see you find your way onto Simmons podcast, he has a few reliable tv people, but his best movie guy is Connelly for podcasting purposes. I would definitely listen to that podcast and probably more than once.

  2. I can’t wait for Jeff to find out that Simmons doesn’t want to see The Tree of Life but dedicated a whole podcast to Scream 4.

    Oh, and Young Adult skipped festivals because Up In The Air suffered from its early buzz.

  3. Credibility is INSTANTLY LOST if one says that they “don’t want to see” TOL. INSTANTLY LOST.

    You didn’t want to see Precious so STFU.

  4. Yes, and his reasoning was that “I don’t want to spend 2 hours of my summer in the artsy-fartsy cinema.”

  5. Honestly, I think Jeff’s position of “comic con” movies has less credibility than “I don’t want to see Tree of Life”.

    Because seeing a movie you don’t want to see and know you won’t enjoy, and then railing about how it’s objectively terrible, how is that credible? At least it’s honest to say “I don’t want to see it.” I can completely understand not wanting to see it — if it’s not your sort of thing, you’d be bored senseless by it. Hell, it is my sort of thing, and I can’t get as fully behind it as many.

  6. Not that Jeff’s the only person to do that. I feel the same way about people who don’t like a movie that most people do like, and then waits several months for it to come out on cable/TV, and then conversations start up again and he’ll say, “Oh, that movie doesn’t hold up.” As if he liked it in the first place.

  7. @BobbyLupo: I was mainly making a point that Simmons probably isn’t into movies enough to be the type of person who pays attention to festivals or understands the significance of them.

  8. what the hell are you talking about? i saw precious. i made it through that slog.

    I’m teasing you. I just remember you posting you had no interest in watching it, at least theatrically.

  9. Mitchell: “True Grit” also got 10 nominations with no wins, so there’s a pattern there and “Up in the Air” losing isn’t about early critical overkill.

  10. A pattern where? Not doing any festivals? Because The Fighter didn’t do any festivals either, and that fared pretty well.

    I’m curious why you think Up In The Air lost, though.

  11. Mitchell: Sorry to be mysterious, but what do multiple Oscar contenders “Grit” and “Air” have in common? This message will self-destruct in 12 seconds.

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