Steven Soderbergh's Che Picked Up by Magnolia Pictures
Coming out of the Cannes Film Festival in May, buzz for Steven Soderbergh's Che seemed only mediocre, but now heading into Toronto, it's been boosted back into the spotlight. In advance of the film's public premiere next Friday and press premiere this Monday, the NY Post reports that Mark Cuban's company Magnolia Pictures has made a deal for distribution. No details on how much they bought the film for or any other major plans, besides an expected limited release starting on December 12th in order for the film to be in the running for the Oscars. With Benicio Del Toro's performance being praised by almost every critic so far, we can expect Del Toro to eventually get a nomination next year.
The NY Post article did mention that the cut here in Toronto has a running time of 4 hours, 22 minutes, which is a bit shorter than the version shown at Cannes. This lengthy cut features both stories from individual films The Argentine and Guerrilla combined into one epic feature. Back in May when everyone was talking about the film during its Cannes premiere, we posted an article discussing Why You Should Take an Interest in Steven Soderbergh's Che. As we slowly get closer to the Monday morning debut here in Toronto, I find myself increasingly excited, not only due to my interest in Benicio Del Toro's supposedly incredible performance, but because of my fascination with Steven Soderbergh as a director.
If you're concerned about the running time being too long to en joy, don't get too worked up. A previous article written before the film was picked up by Anne Thompson at Variety, mentions that the plan is to cut it back into two individual films for its theatrical run. "The film has been done to be exploited in two parts. We did that screening of the two films together only for Cannes. The idea is to release them separately. But Steven would like for the US to have a small exploitation of the film as one film." I'm personally not at all fond of Magnolia Pictures and really don't think they have the money or the manpower to really market a film like this. But I guess we'll see later this year if they pull it off. Thoughts?