The Early Report for July 20th, 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 23 new openers in theatres for the week of July 21st.

Wednesday July 19, 2017

Desert Hearts
Logline: In the late 1950s, a straightlaced East Coast professor finds herself falling in love with another woman while in Reno to file for divorce from her husband.
Featuring: Andra Akers, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley, Helen Shaver, Gwen Welles
Director: Donna Deitch
Writer: Natalie Cooper, based on the novel by Jane Rule
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: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Romeo is Bleeding
Logline: Documents the life of Donte Clark’s, whose poetic voice was honed on the violent street corners of a struggling city.
Director: Jason Zeldes
Distributor: The Film Collaborative
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Santoalla
Logline: Documents the mysterious death of a Dutch man after he and his wife move to a small Spanish village. In English and in Galician with subtitles
Directors: Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer
Distributor: Oscilloscope Laboratories
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Friday July 21, 2017

Amnesia
Logline: A D.J. who has come to Ibiza to work befriends a solitary woman who’s trying to forget her past. In French, German, Russian and Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Bruno Ganz, Marthe Keller, Corinna Kirchhoff, Fermí Reixach, Max Riemelt
Director: Barbet Schroeder
Writers: Emilie Bickerton and Peter F. Steinbach and Susan Hoffman and Barbet Schroeder
Distributor: Film Movement
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Cinema Village in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 96 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Black Prince
Logline: Cultural differences cause problems between the Queen of Engliand and the King of Punjab. In English and in Punjabi
Featuring: Jason Flemyng, Rup Magon, Amanda Root, Satinder Sartaj, Atul Sharma
Director: Kavi Raz
Writer: Kavi Raz
Distributor: American Cinema International
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Maya 16 in Bakersfield CA, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Stratford Square 16 in Bloomingdale IL, the Burlington 20 in Burlington NJ, the River East 21 in Chicago IL, the Eastgate 10 in Cleveland, the Sierra Vista Cinemas in Clovis CA, the Cumming 12 in Cumming GA, the Dublin Village 18 in Dublin OH, the Movie City 8 in Edison NJ, the Federal Way Cinemas in Federal Way WA, the Star 18 in Fitchburg WI, the Palladio 16 in Folsom CA, the Fremont 7 in Fremont CA, the Bombay Cinema in Fresh Meadows NY, the Rio 18 in Gaithersburg MD, the Hamilton Cinemas in Hamilton NJ, the Memorial City 16 and the Studio 30 in Houston, the Castleton Square 14 and the Greenwood 8 in Indianapolis, the Lakewood 16 in Lakewood CA, the Village Square 18 in Las Vegas, the Livonia 20 in Livonia MI, the Merced 13 in Merced CA, the Tinseltown 20 in Merriam KS, the Methuen 20 in Methuen MA, the Brenden 18 in Modesto CA, the Columbia Park 12 in North Bergen NJ, the Pekin 14 in North Pekin IL, the Oakdale 20 in Oakdale MN, the Oaks 24 in Oaks PA, the Studio 28 inOlathe KS, the Maya 16 in Pittsburg CA, the Parklane 16 in Reno NV, the Funasia Cinemas in Richardson TX, the Richmond 16 in Richmond CA, the Riverview 14 in Riverview FL, the Pinnacle Hills 12 in Rogers AR, the Roseville 14 in Roseville CA, the Dollar Movies 16 in San Antonio TX, the Roxy 14 in Santa Rosa CA, the Solon 16 in Solon OH, the Barrington 30 in South Barrington IL, the Countryside 20 in Sterling VA, the Forum 30 in Sterling Heights MI, the First Colony 24 in Sugar Land TX, the Movies 14 in Tracy CA, the Union City 25 in Union City CA, the Mayfair 18 in Wauwatosa WI and the Ann Arbor 20 in Ypsilanti MI
Cinemark Yuba City 12 Yuba City CA
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violence
Running Time: 118 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Bloody Crayons
Logline: A group of graduating students goes to an island for a short film project when they are rattled by a mysterious killer who strives to kill them all. In Filipino and Tagalog with subtitles
Featuring: Ronnie Alonte, Sofia Andres, Diego Loyzaga, Elmo Magalona, Janella Salvador
Director: Topel Lee
Writers: Enrico C. Santos and Kenneth Lim Dagatan and Carmel Josine Jacomille and Justine Reyes De Jesus and Rogelio Panahon Jr. and John Paul Abellera, based on the novel by Josh Argonza
Distributor: ABS-CBN Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 75 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 109 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

La Chinoise
Logline: A small group of French students are studying Mao, trying to find out their position in the world and how to change the world to a Maoistic community using terrorism. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Juliet Berto, Lex De Bruijnm, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Michel Semeniako, Anne Wiazemsky
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Writer: Jean-Luc Godard
Distributor: Kino-Lorber Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Quad Cinema in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 90 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.33:1)

The Fencer
Logline: After fleeing the Leningrad secret police and finding work as a fencing teacher in Estonia, a young man must decide whether to risk his life to take his team to a touramnet in his former home town or put his safety first and disappoint them. In Armenian, Estonian and Russian with subtitles
Featuring: Märt Avandi, Liisa Koppel, Ursula Ratasepp, Lembit Ulfsak
Director: Klaus Härö
Writer: Anna Heinämaa
Distributor: CFI
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Angelika FIlm Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 99 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Fidaa
Logline: A Telanganan girl falls in love with a boy from the United States. In English and in Telugu with subtitles
Featuring: Sai Chand, Raja Chembolu, Sai Pallavi, Sharanya Pradeep, Varun Tej
Director: Shekhar Kammula
Writer: Shekhar Kammula
Distributor: Los Angeles Telugu
Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 144 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

First Kill
Logline: A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.
Featuring: Gethin Anthony, Shea Buckner, Hayden Christensen, Megan Leonard, Tyler Jon Olson, Bruce Willis
Director: Steven C. Miller
Writer: Nick Gordon
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, the Neshaminy 24 in Bensalem PA, the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills, the Greenspoint 15 in Houston, the Mesquite 30 in Mesquite TX, the Cinema Village in New York City, the Sunset Place 24 in South Miami, the Woodridge 18 in Woodridge IL and in additional locations in select markets
MPAA Rating: R for some violence and language
Running Time: 101 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Girl Without Hands
Logline: In hard times, a miller sells his daughter to the Devil. Protected by her purity, she escapes but is deprived of her hands. In French with subtitles
Featuring the voices of: Olivier Broche, Anaïs Demoustier, Jérémie Elkaïm, Philippe Laudenbach, Françoise Lebrun, Elina Löwensohn
Director: Sébastien Laudenbach
Writer: Sébastien Laudenbach, based on the story “Das Mädchen ohne Hände” by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Distributor: GKIDS
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 76 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

The Gracefield Incident
Logline: Three couples are spending a long weekend in a luxurious cabin when suddenly an uninvited guest in the form of a meteorite comes crashing the party.
Featuring: Laurence Dauphinais, Juliette Gosselin, Lori Graham, Kimberly Laferriere, Mathieu Ratthe
Director: Mathieu Ratthe
Writer: Mathieu Ratthe
Distributor: Parade Deck Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Select markets
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi action/terror, accident images, language and some suggestive material
Running Time: 89 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Kékszakállú
Logline: Several young daughters of rich industrialists examine in an equally intangible and compelling way the physical and spiritual aspects of a cultural recession. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Denise Groesman, Laila Maltz, Katia Szechtman, Lara Tarlowski, Pedro Trocca
Director: Gastón Solnicki
Writer: No writer credited as the film was completely improvised, according to director Solnicki
Distributor: Cinema Tropical/Cinema Slate
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Killing Ground
Logline: A couples’ camping trip turns into a frightening ordeal when they stumble across the scene of a horrific crime.
Featuring: Tiarnie Coupland, Harriet Dyer, Stephen Hunter, Aaron Pedersen, Maya Stange
Director: Damien Power
Writer: Damien Power
Distributor: IFC Midnight
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood and the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 88 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Landline
Logline: A teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan during the 1990s discovers that her father is having an affair.
Featuring: Jay Duplass, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jenny Slate, John Turturro
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Writers: Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, story by Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre and Tom Bean
Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, the Lincoln Square Cinemas and the Union Square Cinemas in New York City, and the Landmark 12 in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: R for sexual content, language and drug use
Running Time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Midwife
Logline: A midwife dedicated to her profession struggles to adjust when her local maternity ward closes and she is forced to work for a larger, corporate clinic. In French with subtitles
Featuring: Mylène Demongeot, Catherine Deneuve, Quentin Dolmaire, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet
Director: Martin Provost
Writer: Martin Provost
Distributor: Music Box Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Angelika Film Center and the Paris Theatre in New York City, and the Royal Theatre in West Los Angeles
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 117 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

Munna Michael
Logline: A young man, tries to follow the footsteps of his idol: The King of Pop, Michael Jackson. In Hindi with subtitles
Featuring: Chetna Pande, Ameesha Patel, Tiger Shroff, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Chitrangda Singh
Director: Sabir Khan
Writers: Vimi Datta
Distributor: Eros International
Opening Week Release Pattern: 150 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 140 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Pulitzer at 100
Logline: Documents the centenary of the revered and seminal national award for literary excellence in journalism and the arts, and its immeasurable impact on the American sensibility and beyond.
Director: Kirk Simon
Distributor: First Run Features
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Scales: Mermaids are Real
Logline: On the eve of her twelfth birthday, a young girl discovers her real identity.
Featuring: Morgan Fairchild, Jack Dylan Grazer, Nikki Hahn, Emmy Perry, Elisabeth Röhm
Director: Kevan Peterson
Writers: Kevan Peterson
Distributor: Vertical Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: Opens at the Deer Valley 16 in Antioch CA, the Bradenton 20 in Bradenton FL, the Conyers Crossing 16 in Conyers GA, the Arizona Center 20 in Phoenix, the Oak Tree 6 in Seattle, the Southfield 20 in Smouthfield MI, the Solon 16 in Solon OH and the Woodridge 18 in Woodridge IL
MPAA Rating: PG for some mild peril and thematic elements
Running Time: 92 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

The Untamed
Logline: A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature, a source of both pleasure and destruction. In Spanish with subtitles
Featuring: Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Andrea Peláez, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio
Director: Amat Escalante
Writers: Amat Escalante and Gibrán Portela
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the IFC Film Center in New York City
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 100 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.66:1)

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Logline: Two special operatives must race to identify the marauding menace threatening a vast metropolis in space, to safeguard not just this one area but the future of the universe.
Featuring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Rutger Hauer, Ethan Hawke, Mathieu Kassovitz, Clive Owen, Rihanna
Director: Luc Besson
Writer: Luc Besson, based on the graphic novel by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières
Distributor: STX Entertainment
Opening Week Release Pattern: 3500 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action, suggestive material and brief language
Running Time: 137 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)
BONUS FACTOID: At $180,000,000, this is the biggest independently financed film ever produced.
BONUS FACTOID PART DEUX: Despite the massive budget, writer/producer/director Besson finished the film on time and under budget!

Vaisakham
Logline: A heartbreaker decides to help a young lady who has recently had her heart broken. In Telugu with subtitles
Featuring: Aamani, Avanthika, Harish, Sai Kumar, Rama Prabha
Director: Jaya B
Writer: Jaya B
Distributor: Blue Sky Films
Opening Week Release Pattern: 100 plus playdates
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 150 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic (2.39:1)

Who The F**k is That Guy: The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago
Logline: Documents the life of the legendary A&R executive who discovered Metallica and worked with White Zombie, Johnny Rotten, Cyndi Lauper and jazz legend Nina Simone, only to quit the business to become a photographer after suffering through substance abuse and a deadly disease.
Director: Drew Stone
Distributor: XLrator Media
Opening Week Release Pattern: Exclusive to the Arena Cinelounge in Hollywood
MPAA Rating: Not rated by the MPAA
Running Time: 82 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.78:1)

Expanding today
The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography: Opens at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar and the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Shattuck 10 in Berkeley CA, the Kendall Square Cinemas in Cambridge MA, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Broadway Centre 6 in Salt Lake City, the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission in San Francisco and the E Street Cinemas in Washington DC
The Big Sick: Expands to 2450 plus locations
Dawson City: Frozen Time: Opens at the Cinema505 in Montclair NJ and the Roxie Theater in San Francisco
Glory: Opens at the SIFF Film Center in Seattle
Granny of the Dead: Opens at the Music Hall Theatre in Beverly Hills
Hermia and Helena: Opens at the Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle
The Hero: Opens at the Deer Valley 16 in Antioch CA, the River Village 6 in Bonsall CA, the Brockville Arts Centre Brockville ONT, the West Olive 16 in Creve Coeur MO, the Evansville 16 in Evansville IN, the St. Clair 10 in Fairview Heights IL, the Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park in Katy TX, the Arena Theater in Pt. Arena CA and the Cherry Blossom 14 in Traverse City MI
The Little Hours: Opens at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn
Lost in Paris: Opens at the Spectrum 8 in Albany NY, the Guild Cinema in Albuquerque, the Varsity Theater in Ashland OR, the Midtown Art Theatre in Atlanta, the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley CA, the Bethel Cinema in Bethel CT, the Living Room Theatres in Boca Raton FL, the Gateway Film Center in Columbus OH, the SIE Film Center in Denver, the Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, the Cinema Paradiso in Hollywood FL, the Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth FL, the Bill Cosford Cinema in Miami, the Miami Beach Cinematheque in Miami Beach FL, the Ritz 5 in Philadelphia, the Living Room Theater in Portland OR, the Little Theater in Rochester NY, the Cinema Capitol in Rome NY, the Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, the Camera 3 in San Jose, the Screen Theatre in Santa Fe, the Hitckcock Cinema in Santa Barbara and the Loft Cinema in Tucson AZ
Mali Blues: Opens at the Detroit Institute of the Arts in Detroit
Marie Curie: Opens at the Village East Cinemas in New York City
Maudie: Opens at the Highridge 8 in Albuquerque, the Tara 4 in Atlanta, the Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills in Austin, the Bell Tower 20 in Fort Myers FL, the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth TX, the Plaza Frontenac Cinemas in Frontenac MO, the Houston 8 in Houston, the Oriental 3 in Milwaukee, the Hollywood 20 in Naples FL, the Cine Quad in New Haven CT, the Fox Tower 10 in Portland OR, the Tower Theatre in Sacramento, the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe, the Seattle 10 in Seattle and the Winter Park Village 20 in Winter Park FL
Maurice: Opens at the Ritz at the Bourse in Philadelphia
Moka: Opens at the Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta, the Art Cinema in Billings MT, the the Chez Artiste Theatre in Denver, the Broadway Metro Cinemas in Eugene OR, the Lagoon Cinema in Minneapolis, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Theatre in Oklahoma City, the a/perture Cinema in Winston Salem NC and the Camera 3 in San Jose CA
My Journey through French Cinema: Opens at the Northwest Film Center in Portland OR
Nowhere to Hide: Opens at the Facets Cinematheque in Chicago
The Orinthologist: Opens at the CCA Cinematheque in Santa Fe
Pop Aye: Opens at the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley CA, the Tower Theater in Miami, the Ritz at the Bourse Cinemas in Philadelphia and the Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco
Radio Dreams: Opens at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa ONT and the Pelham Picture House in Pelham NY
The Skyjacker’s Tale: Opens at the Monica Film Center in Santa Monica and the Sister’s Moviehouse in Sisters OR

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