Possible Long Shots
Studio: Bridgit Folman Film Gang, Pandora Film, Entre Chien et Loup (Israel/ Germany/ Belgium) Director: Ari Folman Distributor: Drafthouse Films Release Date: July 3 (France) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 91% Synopsis: Robin Wright stars as an aging, out-of-work actress who in desperation accepts her final job— preserving her digital image for a future Hollywood, which leads to unintended consequences.
Studios: Illusion Studios, 100 Bares, Catmandu, Plural-Jempsa (Argentina/ Spain) Director: Juan Jose Campanella Release Date: July 18 (Argentina) Box Office: $24 million Synopsis: Shy guy Amadeo’s life takes a turn when he joins forces with a dismantled foosball table team come to life, who help him face off against his terrible soccer field rival and regain his dignity (and impress a girl, of course).
Justin and the Knights of Valour
Studio: Kandor Graphics (Spain) Director: Manuel Secilia Release Date: September 20 (Spain) Box Office: $2.7 million Synopsis: Young Justin (Freddie Highmore) lives in a world where bureaucrats rule and the old ways of the knights have been ousted. On his quest to pursue his dream of becoming a true knight, he encounters a headstrong girl (Saiorse Ronan), a phony knight (Antonio Banderas) and a plot to take revenge on the kingdom of lawyers.
The Legend of Sarila
Studios: 10th Ave. Productions, CarpeDiem (Canada) Director: Nancy Florence Savard Distributor: Phase 4 Release Date: February 22 (Canada) Synopsis: Set in 1910, the adventure follows three young Inuit hunters (and their cute lemming sidekick) as they search for the legendary paradise of Sarila to save their starving people, taking on an evil shaman and encountering the mystical creatures of Sarila, like the powerful seal-goddess Sedna.
Studios: Cometafilm, Iris Prods., Walking the Dog, 2d3D Animations (Italy/ Luxembourg/ Belgium/ France) Director: Enzo D’Alo Distributor: Grindstone Entertainment Box Office: $2 million Synopsis: A faithful retelling of Carlo Collodi’s 19th century masterpiece, the film follows the adventures of the woodcarver Geppetto’s enchanted marionette who dreams of becoming a real boy, and the interesting friends and terrible perils he encounters in the world.
Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury
Studios: Buriti Films, Gullane (Brazil) Director: Luiz Bolognesi Release Date: April 5 (Brazil) Synopsis: A love story spanning eons unfolds in this film, which centers on an immortal man and the woman he has loved for six centuries is told across four key dates in Brazil’s history: the discovery by Portuguese explorers in 1500, the slave trade days of 1800, the acme of military dictatorship in 1970 and the future year 2096, when war will erupt over water supplies.
Santa’s Apprentice 2: The Magic Snowflake
Studio: Gaumont Animation (France) Director: Luc Vincinguerra Release Date: November 20 (France) Synopsis: Seven-year-old Nicolas is tasked with an important job: he is next in line to become Santa Claus. With his first Christmas on the job looming, it will take a little holiday magic to help him pull it off without a hitch.
The Wolf Children
Studios: Madhouse, Studio Chizu (Japan) Director: Mamoru Hosoda Box Office: $43 million Synopsis: This modern fairy tale centers on 19-year-old student Hana, who falls in love with a Wolf Man. Over the 13-year story, Hana and the Wolf Man have two children and struggle to live a normal life in the city hiding their animal traits. When the Wolf Man suddenly dies, Hana and the pups pack up for the country.