The Early Report for May 16th, 2017

The Early Report features the most detailed listings on the Internet of the independent and foreign films scheduled to be released in the upcoming week, including actual and estimated screen counts, running times and ratings, when available. This week’s report covers 22 new openers in theatres for the week of May 19th.

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Bless Their Little Hearts
Logline: Joblessness exacts a devastating toll on a married couple and their children.
Featuring:
Director: Billy Woodberry
Writer: Charles Burnett
Distributor: Milestone Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

Killer of Sheep
Logline: A slaughterhouse worker struggles to keep his family together
Featuring: Charles Bracy, Angela Burnett, Eugene Cherry, Kaycee Moore, Henry Gayle Sanders
Director: Charles Burnett
Writer: Charles Burnett
Distributor: Milestone Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

Friday May 19, 2017

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Logline: Documents the small financial institution that became the only company criminally indicted in the wake of the United States’ 2008 mortgage crisis.
Director: Steve James
Distributor: PBS Distribution
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Absurd Accident
Logline: A puzzling crime happened in a rural small town, where greed, lust and wit battle it out in one night. In Chinese with subtitles
Featuring: Xixu Chen, Bo Dong, Ye Gao, Yunfei Lou, Suxi Ren
Director: Yuhe Li
Writer: Yuhe Li
Distributor: Cheng Cheng Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Renaissance 14 in Alhambra CA
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 97 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat 91.85:1)

Afterimage
Logline: Tells the story of painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political obstacles. In Polish with subtitles
Featuring: Boguslaw Linda, Aleksandra Justa, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Zofia Wichlacz, Bronislawa Zamachowska
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Writer: Andrzej Mularczyk, story by Wajda
Distributor: Film Movement
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Champion
Logline: In the supercharged world of dirt track racing, a single mistake causes the lives of two men to change forever.
Featuring: Robert Amaya, Andrew Cheney, Gary Graham, Faith Renee Kennedy, Isaiah Stratton
Director: Judd Brannon
Writers: Missy Reedy and Sarah Inabnit
Distributor: ArtAffects Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: the Star 14 in Anderson SC, the Cinemagic 5 in Athens AL, the Valley Plaza 16 in Bakersfield CA, the Brea West 10 in Brea CA, the Riverstone 15 in Canton GA, the Columbus Park 15 in Columbus GA, the Marquis 10 in Crestview FL, the Tinseltown 17 in Fayetteville GA, the Patriot 14 in Fayetteville NC, the Lindo Theatre in Freeport IL, the Big E 7 in Gaffney SC, the Hollywood 15 in Gainesville GA, the Hollywood 20 in Greenville SC, the Treasure Coast Mall 16 in Jensen Beach FL, the Town Center 16 in Kennesaw GA, the Pinnacle 18 in Knoxville TN, the Odyssey 7 at Lafayette Square in Marietta OH, the Foothills 12 in Maryville TN, the Majestic Cinemas in Meridian ID, the Hollywood 27 in Nashville, the Preston Crossings 16 in Okolona KY, the Grand 16 Pier Park in Panama City FL, the West Plano 20 in Plano TX, the Capitol Cinemas in Princeton KY, the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell GA, the Century 14 in Sioux Falls SD, the Cherry Blossom 14 in Traverse City MI, the Parkway Plaza 12 in Tukwila WA, the Times Square Cinema in Tyler TX, the Vestavia Hills 10 in Vestavia Hills AL and the Cherokee 16 in Woodstock GA
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material
Running Time: 116 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Commune
Logline: A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s. In Danish with subtitles
Featuring: Trine Dyrholm, Fares Fares, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Ulrich Thomsen, Julie Agnete Vang
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Writers: Tobias Lindholm and Thomas Vinterberg
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City, the NoHo 7 in North Holywood, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 111 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Comrade in America
Logline: A young Kottayam communist man follows the American woman he loves to her home country. In Malayalam with subtitles
Featuring: Julio Antonio Alonzo, Nathan Amir, Karthika Muraleedharan, Dulquer Salmaan
Director: Amal Neerad
Writer: Shibin Francis
Distributor: Recreo
Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 132 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Devil’s Domain
Logline: After becoming the victim of vicious cyber bullies, a woman makes a deal with the devil to exact revenge on her tormenters.
Featuring: Linda Bella, Kelly Erin Decker, Zack Kozlow, Michael Madsen, Madi Vodane
Director: Jared Cohn
Writer: Jared Cohn
Distributor: The Orchard
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood, the Cinema Village in New York City and the Arena Cinelounge in Santa Monica
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Fight for Space
Logline: Documents the past, present, and future state of the US Space Program.
Director: Paul J. Hildebrandt
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago, the Cedar Lee Theatre in Cleveland Heights OH, the SIE Film Center in Denver, the Old Greenbelt Theatre in Greenbelt MD, the Gulf Pointe 30 in Houston, the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Arizona Cneter 24 in Phoenix, the Varsity Theatre in Seattle, the Carlton Cinema in Toronto, the West Melbourne 12 in West Melbourne FL and the West Newton Cinema in West Newton MA
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Half Girlfriend
Logline: A young man falls in love with a young woman, who only agrees to become his “half girlfriend.” In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Seema Biswas, Rhea Chakraborty, Arjun Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Greg Kriek
Director: Mohit Suri
Writers: Tushar Hiranandani and Ishita Moitra, based on the novel by Chetan Bhagat
Distributor: Zee Studios
Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of ISIS
Logline: Documents the current state of Syria amidst war and chaos in 2017, featuring stories of survival and observations by political experts from around the world.
Directors: Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested
Distributor: National Geographic
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Village East Cinemas in New York City
MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violent images
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat 91.78:1)

Hindi Medium
Logline: A couple from Chandni Chowk aspire to give their daughter the best education and thus be a part of and accepted by the elite of Delhi. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Deepak Dobriyal, Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar
Director: Saket Chaudhary
Writer: Zeenat Lakhani
Distributor: T-Series
Opening Week Release Pattern: 200 plus locations
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 135 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Icaros: A Vision
Logline: An American woman travels to the Preuvian Amazon hoping to be treated for her illness
Featuring: Guillermo Arévalo, Arturo Izquierdo, Ana Cecilia Stieglitz, Filippo Timi
Directors: Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi
Writers: Leonor Caraballo and Matteo Norzi
Distributor: Factory 25
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Metrograph Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 91 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Keshava
Logline: A student with a rare heart disease has to seek revenge by controlling his anger. In Telugu with subtitles
Featuring: Vennela Kishore, Isha Koppikar, Rao Ramesh, Nikhil Siddharth, Ritu Varma
Director: Sudheer Varma
Writer: Sudheer Varma
Distributor: Red Heart Movies
Opening Week Release Pattern:
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 150 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Legion of Brothers
Logline: Documents the small troop of American soldiers who were deployed in a secret war against Afghanistan just after the 9/11 attacks.
Director: Greg Barker
Distributor: Gravitas Ventures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio:

Maurice
Logline: After his lover rejects him, a young man trapped by the oppressiveness of Edwardian society tries to come to terms with and accept his sexuality.
Featuring: Ben Kingsley, Hugh Grant, James Wilby, Rupert Graves
Director: James Ivory
Writers: James Ivory and Kit Hesketh-Harvey, based on the novel by E.M. Forster
Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 140 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Stalker
Logline: A guide leads two men through an area known as the Zone to find a room that grants wishes. In Russian with subtitles
Featuring: Natasha Abramova, Alisa Freyndlikh, Nikolay Grinko, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, Anatoliy Solonitsyn
Director: Andrei Tarkovsky
Writers: Arkadiy Strugatskiy and Boris Strugatskiy, based on their novel “Piknik na obochine”
Distributor: Janus Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 161 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.37:1)

The Survivalist
Logline: In a time of starvation, a survivalist finds his existence threatened when two women seeking food and shelter discover his small plot of land hidden deep in the woods.
Featuring: Mia Goth, Olwen Fouere, Martin McCann
Director: Stephen Fingleton
Writer: Stephen Fingleton
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood and the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not ratd by the MPAA
Running Time: 104 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Wakefield
Logline: A man’s nervous breakdown causes him to leave his wife and live in his attic for several months.
Featuring: Bryan Cranston, Beverly D’Angelo, Ian Anthony Dale, Jennifer Garner, Jason O’Mara
Director: Robin Swicord
Writer: Robin Swicord
Distributor: IFC Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Sunshine Cinemas in New York City
MPAA Rating: R for some sexual material and language
Running Time: 106 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

What a Wonderful Family
Logline: A woman asks her husband for a divorce on their 50th anniversary. In Japanese with subtitles
Featuring: Isao Hashizume, Tomoko Nakajima, Yui Natsukawa, Masahiko Nishimura, Kazuko Yoshiyuki
Director: Yôji Yamada
Writers: Yôji Yamada and Emiko Hiramatsu
Distributor: Shochiku Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 108 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Woman Who Left
Logline: After 30 years of wrongful imprisonment, a woman plans to take revenge on her former lover. In Filipino with subtitles
Featuring: Noni Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Charo Santos-Concio
Director: Lav Diaz
Writer: Lav Diaz, based on the short story “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” by Leo Tolstoy
Distributor: Kino Lorber Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Howard Gilman Theater at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 226 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Expanding today
Burden: Opens at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle
Busters Mal Heart: Opens at the Palace Picturehouse in Chattanooga TN, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the Alamo Drafthouse Montecillo in El Paso, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Lubbock TX, the Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis, the Roxy Theatre in Missoula MT, the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, the Enzian Theatre in Orlando, the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa ONT and the Capitol Theatre in Rome NY
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary: Opens at the Cinema Detroit in Detroit, the Speed Art Theatre in Louisville, the Roxy Theatre in Missoula MT and the Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo
Chuck: Opens at the Addison Cinemas in Addison IL, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Aventura Mall 24 in Aventura FL, the Charles 5 in Baltimore, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Century 16 in Boulder CO, the Paseo Camarillo Cinemas in Camarillo CA, the Cedar Lee Theatres in Cleveland Heights OH, the Liberty Tree Mall Cinemas in Danvers MA, the Mayan Theatre in Denver, the River Oaks Theatre in Houston, the Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla CA, the South Beach 18 in Miami Beach FL, the Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, the Tivoli Theatre in St. Louis, the Hillcrest Cinemas in San Diego, the Paseo Nuevo Cinemas in Santa Barbara, the Summerfield 5 in Santa Rosa CA, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami FL and and the Palisades Center 21 in West Nyack NY
Colossal: Opens at the Reel Pizza Cinerama in Bar Harbor ME, the Indiana University Cinema in Bloomington IN and the Midtown 3 in Harrisburg PA
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story: Opens at the Grand Illusion Cinema in Seattle
Hounds of Love: Opens at the Syndicated Theatre in Brooklyn, the Capitol Theatre in Cleveland, the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis OR, the Alamo Drafthouse Theatre in Houston, the O Cinema Wynwood in Miami, the Zeitgeist Theatre in New Orleans, the Film Bar Theatre in Phoenix and the Digital Gym Cinema in San Diego
In Search of Israeli Cuisine: Opens at the Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent: Opens at the Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, the Edina 4 in Edina MN, the Keystone Art Theatre in Indianapolis and the Oriental 3 in Milwaukee
Like Crazy: Opens at the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley CA, the Living Room Theatres in Boca Raton FL, the Coral Gables Art Cinema in Coral Gables FL, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, the SIE Film Center in Denver, the Savor Cinema in Ft. Lauderdale FL, the Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood FL, the Living Room Theatres in Portland OR, the Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose, the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael CA and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe NM
Neitehr Wolf Nor Dog: Opens at the Esquire Theatre in Denver and the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer: Expands to 275 plus playdates
Obit.: Opens at the Charles Theatre in Baltimore, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline MA, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Museum of Art Theatre in Oklahoma City, the Film Streams Theatre in Omaha NE, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia, the Cinema 21 in Portland OR, the Broadway Centre Cinemas in Salt Lake City, the Ken Cinema in San Diego and the a/perture Cinema in Winston-Salem NC,
One Week and a Day: Opens at the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami, the Willow Creek 12 in Minneapolis and the Shea 14 in Scottsdale
A Quiet Passion: Opens at the Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, the Angelika Film Center in Dallas, the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Capri Theatre in Montgomery AL and the Angelika Film Center in Plano TX
Slack Bay: Opens at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe

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