BLUE VALENTINE release moved up to December 29
The Weinstein Company has announced that it will move up the realease date of Derek Cianfrance's controversial relationship drama, BLUE VALENTINE, to December 29. The film was originally slated for a New Year's Eve release, but it desired to get a two-day head start on the competition. The film will be shown on one screen in both New York and Los Angeles before expanding to ten markets on January 7.
The film’s leads, Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, star as a couple in a marriage that is falling apart. The film was originally docked with an NC-17 rating for what was considered an extremely harsh sex scene between the leads, but the MPAA later rescinded the rating and changed it to an R. Both Gosling and Williams received Golden Globe nominnations for their performances, which may have contributed to why the date has been bumped up.
This will be Cianfrance's second feature-length film, though the other one, BROTHER TIED, was release twelve years ago.
I, for one, am glad to see Gosling back. He was on a roll with three consecutive solid efforts in 2006 and 2007 (HALF NELSON, FRACTURE, LARS AND THE REAL GIRL) before disappearing. He recently released his first film in three years, ALL GOOD THINGS.