Magnolia Pictures Lands Cannes Fave 'Force Majeure' for US Release
by Alex Billington
May 28, 2014
Hooray! Good news movie fans, one of our favorite films from the Cannes Film Festival (my #3 best of the fest!) will be getting a release in the US, hopefully this year. Throughout the fest, my friend Eric Lavallee from IONCinema kept saying that this film really needs to find a US distributor, mostly because Swedish director Ruben Östlund's previous features (like The Guitar Mongoloid, Involuntary and Play) never got a solid release in North America. It was officially announced that Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Force Majeure, also known as Turist, the hilarious and awesome French alps ski vacation dark comedy.
In the press release announcing the acquisition, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said: "Force Majeure is a brilliantly executed razor of a film, hilarious, heartbreaking and absurd, and sometimes all at once. The post-movie dinner conversations should be very interesting." Indeed, but who says you'll be having dinner after this one? Maybe it's post-movie ski lodge conversations. Also commenting on the news, director Ruben Östlund stated, "I am very happy that Magnolia will bring my film to the US audiences and I really think that the content of Force Majeure is even more interesting in an North American context." Well, it's interesting, and funny, and enjoyable in any context, and I'm happy it will make its way over here as well.
I wrote a glowing 9.5/10 review of the film during Cannes, and we posted the first teaser + trailer this past weekend. The film is expected to play at other film festivals throughout the rest of the year. No release date timeframe was specified, but if it's not out in theaters by the end of 2014, expect it in theaters spring 2015. I cannot wait until everyone else gets a chance to see this. Stay tuned for release plans - and catch the trailer.