Just saw Gravity (Warner Bros. Worldwide) in 3D at the Arclight Hollywood, having missed its Gala Premiere in Toronto where the line to see even the Press and Industry screening wound around corners on the street, up stairs and around the theater interior like a snake. So glad to have seen it in the comfort of my own favorite theater. (Though Laemmle on Santa Monica in West L.A. is beginning to feel like home again too.)
It occurred to me how similar Europa Report (ISA: Sierra Affinity, U.S. Magnolia) was, although Gravity was like a water ballet in space and Europa Report was all inside the space ship. And Gravity had A list American actors while Europa Report had A list international thespians. You can read my blog on Europa Report at LatinoBuzz: Europa Report 31 July 2013 12:30 PM, PDT | Sydney’s Buzz on Indiewire or on IMDbPro under Europa Report/ News Releases.
You can read the earlier L.A. Times articles on Europa Report here: Comic-Con: Modest ‘Europa Report’ gets San Diego’s biggest stage published on July 19, 2013 and here: Review: ‘Europa Report’ gets good mileage from low-budget sci-fi by Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic.
Europa Report has just been issued in the home entertainment markets today according to L.A. Times by Magnolia on DVD for $26.98 or Blu-ray for $29.98 after opening theatrically August 2, 2013 in Los Angeles at the Sundance Sunset in West Hollywood, D.C. at the E Street Cinema and New York at the Cinema Village followed by a national roll-out. See playdates here.
L.A. Times Capsule Review:
Another example of the innovative, intelligent sci-fi films that have become blessedly frequent in recent years, director Sebastián Cordero’s half-mockumentary/ half-found-footage work reconstructs a doomed space mission using “news reports,” “interviews” and “on-ship surveillance recordings.” The result feels a little drier than the typical interstellar thriller, but “Europa Report” also achieves a rare verisimilitude with its documentary re-creations. Even though it features recognizable actors (including Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist and Embeth Davidtz), it looks like a real mission, which only adds to the drama when things start to go very wrong. The DVD and Blu-ray add deleted scenes and a featurette about the film’s special effects.
Gravity opened this weekend and grossed $55,785,112 at 3,575 locations. Opening weekend for The Europa Report was $22,243 in 3 theaters. It grossed $125,475 in 9.4 weeks.
This was his first English language film in Hollywood. His cinematographer, Enrique Chediak, and production designer, Eugenio Caballero,
have worked with him on three of his films. The production designer
was excited to design a realistic space ship. Enrique liked the found
footage idea which was still high tech, it did not have the degraded
handheld effect you see in the current run of horror films. He liked
the idea of working with limitations. He built a 360 degree set with
eight cameras shooting continuously. It was very immersive. The
cinematographer also liked the challenge.