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Anyone who goes to a lot of film festivals is bound to discover great movies that may never land distribution. It’s hard to figure out where to place the blame: Are distributors looking in the wrong place or simply not taking enough risks? Do journalists need to shift their focus? Or are the best films playing in the wrong places?
Of course, these big picture questions never have easy answers, but whenever another festival lineup comes up, this issue does as well.
With the Locarno Film Festival now taking place in Switzerland, Screen Talk co-hosts Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson survey some of the program’s highlights and speculate about their distribution prospects — or lack thereof. But the challenge of getting first-rate cinema in front of bigger audiences extends beyond the festival circuit, as the underwhelming theatrical returns on the critically beloved “Diary of a Teenage Girl” proved most recently.
Kohn and Thompson dig into that situation as well. They also look ahead to another daunting marketplace: the documentary scene at the upcoming Toronto International Lineup, which was just announced this week.
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