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Screening of »The East« at the South by Southwest Film Festival / Magnolia picks up »Touchy Feely« for distribution
on 03/19/2013
South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival
As mentioned previously, the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival chose »The East« as this year's closing night film. For this occasion Ellen headed to Austin, Texas last weekend, where she reunited with her friends and co-stars Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård to promote the movie a second time. The audience at the Paramount Theatre greatly enjoyed the event which is mirrored through numerous comments that were posted on various social networking sites such as Twitter, IMDb and other websites. Not only the eco-thriller itself was met with a positive response, but also the Q&A session following the screening was reportedly one of the best sessions out of the whole festival. After the official part of the event, the group moved on to Stubb's BBQ and stayed out until 4 o'clock in the morning, dancing and partying to the live music of HAIM as well as Zal's brother Rostam's band Vampire Weekend. Entertainment Weekly was invited to join director Zal Batmanglij and his three companions for the long night of celebration. An in depth article can be found on EW’s website.




From all the reviews I have read in the past couple of days, I liked the one written by Alicia Malone for IGN the most. She rated »The East« 8.5 out of 10 and thinks that "the filmmakers behind the great Sound of My Voice deliver another well-acted, thought-provoking thriller". While praising the ingenuity behind the script and the timely story as well as the fast pace of the movie, Malone explicitly mentioned Ellen Page's strong performance. The only negative point in her review is that Brit Marling's character Sarah is apparently a little too easily swayed into switching sides than is believable. But this doesn't change much of the overall positive impression.

In preparation for the SXSW screening, Fox Searchlight released a new poster and launched an interactive viral website at WeAreTheEast.com, which tests whether visitors meet the requirements to join the group. After you connect to the site through your Facebook account, a number of your own photos are put on display, and you must answer a series of questions honestly. Do you have what it takes to become a part of The East?


On a side note, Magnolia Pictures has acquired world distribution rights to »Touchy Feely«. "We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today." No release date has been given yet, but considering the company's moderate distribution policy, I would be actually surprised if the movie will hit the theatres in the course of this year. The complete press release is after the jump.

NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired world distribution rights to TOUCHY FEELY, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Lynn Shelton. The acquisition marks a reunion between Shelton and Magnolia, the distributor of Shelton’s hit 2009 comedy HUMPDAY in 2009. TOUCHY FEELY, which made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is Shelton’s follow-up film to the award-winning YOUR SISTER’S SISTER.

TOUCHY FEELY also marks the second collaboration between Lynn Shelton and Rosemarie DeWitt, who received an Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. The talented ensemble cast of TOUCHY FEELY also includes Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway).

A closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. TOUCHY FEELY centers on Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office.

TOUCHY FEELY was filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle. The film was produced by Steven Schardt.

“We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today.”

"Who said you can't go home again? My experience with Magnolia on the release of HUMPDAY was magical, so I couldn't be more thrilled that we have found the perfect distribution partners for TOUCHY FEELY," said Shelton. "We look forward to collaborating with Eamonn and their entire team to share the film with audiences everywhere."

The deal for the film was negotiated by Dori Begley, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Magnolia, with Submarine and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia’s Christina Rogers will handle sales for the world.



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