Sundance 2012: Magnolia Gets 'Compliance', '2 Days', 'Nobody Walks'
Magnolia Pictures went on a buying spree recently to wrap up the 2012 Sundance Film Festival this weekend. While the indie distributor, still owned by Mark Cuban, already picked up the horror anthology V/H/S and the doc Queen of Versailles, three more big acquisitions have rolled in very recently. Magnolia is picking up the controversial fast food abuse drama Compliance, written & directed by Craig Zobel, as well as Julie Delpy's new comedy 2 Days in New York, a sequel to her 2 Days in Paris, and Ry Russo-Young's drama Nobody Walks, starring Olivia Thirlby, John Krasinski and Rosemarie DeWitt. More info below!
I've seen all three of these films that they just picked up, and at least two of them are good films with some solid buzz (Nobody Walks, on the other hand, is mostly a dud). Compliance, in particular, is the one coming out of this fest with the kind of buzz that could push the film far in the indie distribution world. It's about the real-life incidents at fast food restaurants where a man posing as a police officer on the phone somehow talked various employees into detaining a young girl and doing heinous things to her. The film caused quite a stir and angered moviegoers who voiced their complaints at a Q&A after its premiere. However, others like Raffi of The Film Stage loved it, saying it's one of his favorites of the fest because of to how subversive it is.
"I'm super happy to come home to Magnolia for this film," said Compliance director Craig Zobel (via indieWire). "They consistently release movies I love, and are a pleasure to work with. They've been very supportive of me, and I can't wait to team up again. I'm psyched! Rock and roll!" Magnolia Pictures, and their genre label Magnet, tend to release films through the VOD platform with limited theatrical openings to follow. Early word is that 2 Days in New York, Nobody Walks, Compliance, V/H/S and maybe even Queen of Versailles will be released in 2012 in that way. We'll continue to keep you updated on the plans they set.