Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Hackers notwithstanding, The Interview opens at RFC on Xmas for one week

Arirang Mass Games, Pyongyang

"The Robinson Film Center is proud to open “The Interview” on Christmas Day for a weeklong run," says Alex Kent. After initially cancelling, Sony has decided to release the film to select theaters around the country.

“As an art house committed to free expression, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to support Sony, ‘The Interview,’ moviegoers and theaters around the country,” said RFC executive director Kent. “Satire is an important art form, and this film deserves a home in our theaters. We hope audiences will support this run enthusiastically.”

The announcement comes after Monday’s move by the Art House Convergence, a network of independent and art house exhibitors around the country, petitioned Sony to show its support for “The Interview.” Kent will attend the Art House Convergence’s annual conference in Utah in January.

“The Convergence is an indispensable voice in film exhibition,” Kent said. “We’re thrilled by its passion for cinema and excited to see how audiences respond.”

Says Elise Hu at NPR.org, "A buddy flick about killing North Korean dictator Kim Jung Un will be shown on Christmas Day after all, at least in about 200 independent theaters. This kind of small-scale distribution model and the politics surrounding The Interview give what was once a big-budget Hollywood release the spirit of an art house film."

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