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Roadside Attractions & Liddell Ent Acquire Iñárritu's Biutiful

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August 25, 2010

Biutiful

Good news for those of you waiting patiently to see Alejandro González Iñárritu's incredible film Biutiful. We'd heard that this deal was coming, but it's now official. Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have partnered to acquire distribution rights for Biutiful and are planning a release in December of this year. Biutiful will have its official North American premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival next month. I'm not sure who Liddell Entertainment is (I've never heard of them) but I know who Roadside is and they don't really have a great track record. Why didn't Sony Pictures Classics pick this up?

There's been a bit of a debate amongst those who saw it in Cannes (including me) about how depressing and dark the film is, almost to the point where some think it won't play well at all here in the US because it's too bleak. I loved the film, it was one of my favorites from Cannes this year, and I hope that everyone who wants to to see it is able to, because it's a very moving, emotional, and powerful film and I think lead actor Javier Bardem (seen above) deserves at least an Oscar nomination for his phenomenal performance in the film. I'm not sure what Roadside/Liddell's Oscar plans are, but they better push for Bardem and Iñárritu at least.

"Biutiful joins the growing pantheon of tremendous, groundbreaking work by Alejandro González Iñárritu," said Roadside's Howard Cohen. "It's a deeply felt film, guaranteed to rock audiences to their core, and that's due to the amazing reciprocity between filmmaker and actor. Alejandro and Javier are two halves of the same whole." You can watch an official trailer we posted a few months ago or stay tuned for release details and another trailer that I'm sure Roadside will eventually be releasing. Who wants to see Biutiful already?

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  • I hate how films like this get these lame limited releases and odd times of the year. Come on!
  • LINKFX
    Sony Pictures Classics has a pretty awful promotional track record as well...they tend to dump their films unless they prove they have amazing legs in limited runs...
  • Day
    Super stoked for this film! In fact I may only be able to see one film at TIFF this year and this may be the one considering all the other films will probably get a wider release than Buitiful. Any film that can move or challenge you is worth the price of admission.
  • Princess of Peace
    I can't wait to see this film! It sounds amazing! Perhaps it is too challenging for some people. In any case, I am very happy that it finally found a distributor.
  • I am looking forward to see this. It already has a 8.7 rating on IMDB with 155 votes only, since it is fairly new and not on screen yet. Trailer gives you the sense how good the story is being told, good directing, good acting...
  • Morlock
    Now HERE is a film that looks like it is worth seeing!

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