Sundance 2010: The Weinstein Company picks up BLUE VALENTINE

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
January 29th, 2010

Well, it was only a matter of time before news of this acquisition came out of Park City. BLUE VALENTINE is one of the most praiseworthy films of this year's Sundance and, on a personal note, is by far my favorite of the festival hands down. I guarantee that whenever this film gets its release, all you will be hearing theatergoers talk of is Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams, and BLUE VALENTINE (not to mention the adorable Faith Wladyka). Now that it has a distributor that is...

Indie mogul The Weinstein Company has picked up the film for "U.S., Canadian and Pan-Asian satellite territory rights" in what is reported as a "low-seven-figure deal." It is said that The Weinstein Company beat out IFC Films and Sony Pictures Classics for the film.


To put it in perspective for you, I've overheard many festival goers say it's this year's (500) DAYS OF SUMMER. The comparisons likely derive from the film's grounded, realistic look at love and the struggles and triumphs that come along with it. The non-linear narrative structure probably has something to do with it as well. But that's a mere surface level comparison.

BLUE VALENTINE is a much more emotional and messy look at a couple that falls in and out of love. Gosling and Williams star as a boy and a girl who develop a relationship quickly, get married out of necessity, and fall out of love slowly. All is told through juxtaposed scenes comparing their beginning to their end. From its narrative, to its performances, to its direction, to its cinematography, to its music...BLUE VALENTINE is moving beyond words.

The film was a literal labor of love for writers Joey Curtis, Cami Delavigne, and co-writer/director Derek Cianfrance as it has been 12 years in the making, halting production in spring of 2008 out of respect to Michelle Williams after ex-husband Heath Ledger's unfortunate and untimely passing. The film was produced by the HALF NELSON team of producers Doug Dey, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, and Jamie Patricof.

Source The Hollywood Reporter

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