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Sep 23, 2014

15 Films That Failed To Hit The 2014 Fall Festival Circuit

By Oliver Lyttelton |

We're already halfway through the fall festival season (with NYFF kicking off this week, and London, Tokyo and the AFI among those still to come), but three of the biggest in terms of notable premieres are all out of the way already, with Venice TIFF and Telluride, having come and gone. From those, we've seen big movies like "Birdman," "The Imitation Game," "Wild," "The Theory Of Everything," "Nightcrawler" and more, with "Gone Girl," "Rosewater," "Inherent Vice" and "Fury" among those premiering shortly. But what of those films that didn't make any of the festivals?

Back in the summer, we posted our wish-list of 50 movies that we hoped would be unveiled sometime this fall, and while most have screened, or will soon enough, there are quite a few candidates that seemed likely at the time that haven't yet surfaced, and almost certainly won't until 2015, possibly even until TIFF or Venice next year. So what are they, and what happened to them? Is it a sign of trouble, or are the filmmakers and producers taking their time to give their work the best bow possible? Take a look below, and let us know if there's anything else you expected to see on the festival circuit that failed to show up.  


What Is It? After seven long years away, Todd Haynes returns to the big screen (having made HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce" a few years back) for this adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's "The Price Of Salt," about the sapphic relationship between a lonely department store employee (Rooney Mara) and the title character, an older divorcee (Cate Blanchett). Kyle Chandler, Sarah Paulson, Jake Lacy and Sleater-Kinney/"Portlandia" mastermind Carrie Brownstein are in the supporting cast, and from what we hear, this is closer to "Far From Heaven" than some of Haynes' other work. The Weinstein Company picked up the film before cameras rolled.

What Happened? With the film wrapping late this spring, it was always touch-and-go whether this would be ready in time for the fall. Some filmmakers are able to turn things around speedily ("Selma," for instance, didn't start shooting until May or June, but arrives this holiday season), and while we hear this is near the finish line, it seems the folks involved are waiting for the right place to present it.

When Will We See It? Cannes seems like the likeliest bet. That said, Haynes has favored Venice in recent years, with "I'm Not There" and "Mildred Pierce" both screening there, so it's possible it won't surface until then(depending on what the Weinsteins think of its awards chances).

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