Samuel Goldwyn Acquires Paul Giamatti's Cold Souls
by Alex Billington
January 31, 2009
In a post-Sundance purchase, the Samuel Goldwyn Company has acquired the US distribution rights to Cold Souls. The film is written and directed by Sophie Barthes and stars Paul Giamatti as himself. Not only am I glad to report this news because it means those of you looking forward to the film will eventually get to see it in theaters, but it gives me an opportunity to talk about it briefly since I didn't review it during the fest. Agree or not, the film draws a lot of comparisons to anything from Charlie Kaufman and especially Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, but it's still a very unique and entertaining story of its own.
Our friend Eric Lavallee of IONCinema.com absolutely loved Cold Souls and expects it to be in his top 20 by the end of the year, which is a tremendous bit of praise. However, I had some problems with it, mainly with the Russian story elements that seem to stem from director Sophie Barthes' own nationality. Like any of Charlie Kaufman's work, Cold Souls instigates plenty of discussion regarding the soul and life in general, because in the film, Giamatti has his soul extracted, and at one pointed replaced with someone else's. For those who love that kind of subjective discussion, Cold Souls is definitely worth seeing.
As of this moment, we're not sure when Samuel Goldwyn will be releasing Cold Souls, but we expect it to be sometime around the end of the year. As soon as we know more, we'll be the first to let you know!