Well, I guess we can knock this off my Cannes predictions list… unless there’s more that isn’t being made public yet.
Danny Glover co-stars in the upcoming slave uprising film, Tula, The Revolt, from Dutch director Jeroen Leinders, which is based on a true story about a slave uprising on the island of Curacao, a Dutch colony in 1795, and the man called Tula, who stood up against his oppressors, and led the revolt that would last about a month.
Glover leads a pack of international actors (which I thought might be appealing to Cannes – one of the reasons I included it on my predictions list) that also includes Obi Abili, Jeroen Krabbé,Derek de Lint, Henriette Tol and Barry Hay.
Obi Abili (a UK actor of Nigerian decent) stars in the film as the titular Tula, while Glover plays Shinishi, the elder of the group.
The film is currently in post-production, as the filmmakers have long hoped to release it in 2013, a year that marks the 150th anniversary since slavery was finally abolished on the island of Curacao (1863). They’re calling it an action-drama, by the way.
No Cannes premiere it now seems, as, per this article on the film’s Facebook page, posted over the weekend, the producers plan to premiere the film in the Netherlands, following what they’re calling a pre-premiere in Curaçao – although the latter decision apparently lies with their distributor.
But it looks like it’s definitely going to premiere first in the Netherlands (which is where the filmmaker is from, and also likely because Curaçao was a Dutch colony, and is part of Kingdom of the Netherlands today).
The producers are aiming for a July 1, 2013 premiere in the Netherlands, because it was exactly on July 1, 150 years ago that slavery in the former Dutch colony, was abolished.
The film was shot last year in Curacao, at actual locations where the real uprising occurred, giving an authenticity to the film, which was important to the filmmakers.
Altogether, the production budget of the film was $3.5 million.
So, no Cannes it would appear, but a premiere in the Netherlands, which may be preceded by one in Curacao.
As for whether it’ll travel to the USA and elsewhere, I would assume so. I’m sure it’ll be picked up by festivals in the USA – especially Diaspora festivals.
That first trailer should surface any minute now…