Sony Pictures Classics recently scooped up the rights to “Get Low,” the debut feature-length film from director Aaron Schneider.
Schneider won an Oscar for his 2003 short “Two Soldiers,” and in the coming months we’ll see if the Toronto International Film Festival buzz for “Get Low” will translate into Oscar buzz.
The film stars Robert Duvall as a hermit in 1930s Tennessee who throws his own funeral party while he’s still alive.
Overall, I really like the haunting nature of the poster, with its fog and fire imagery and a great close up of Duvall. I think it’s very artistic and definitely piques my interest in the movie.
My only complaint is it doesn’t really incorporate the image of the 1930s American South, which is supposed to be such a huge part of the film. But I do think the close ups of the actors capture the emotions of their characters beautifully.
According to Variety, “Get Low” was one of the most buzzed about films at Toronto, so it will be interesting to see how that buzz develops throughout the fall. With veterans Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray as the leads, this film will likely gain some critical attention.
Sony Pictures Classics has not announced a release date yet, but I would expect it to at least get a limited release before the end of the year so it can be eligible for Oscar nominations.
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