Magnolia Pictures Announces "Keane" Fall Release
by Brian Brooks
Magnolia Pictures officially announced its acquisition of Lodge Kerrigan's "Keane," which had its world premiere last year in Telluride, and will screen in the upcoming Director's Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes, which begins Wednesday. The film also screened in Toronto and the New York Film Festival in 2004. The deal was negotiated by Andrew Hurwitz of Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz, and Weinstein LLP and Magnolia Pictures. The company plans to release the feature in the autumn in New York and Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout.
indieWIRE's Eugene Hernandez described "Keane" in a dispatch from the Toronto International Film Festival in September as taking "us nearly inside the mind of the protagonist. William Keane, performed exceptionally by Damian Lewis, is a father struggling with the abduction of his own daughter and battling demons as he tries to come to terms with the resulting grief. As the story unfolds, Keane's life on disability and his history of mental illness cast doubts and leave viewers struggling to make sense of what is really happening." Steven Soderbergh executive produced the film, and Andrew Fierberg served as producer. Kerrigan's previous credits include "Clean Shaven" (1994) and "Claire Dolan" (1998).
"'Keane' is a singular, riveting work that certifies Lodge Kerrigan's status as a major filmmaker," said Eamonn Bowles, president of Magnolia Pictures in a statement. Kerrigan also released a statement, commenting, "I am excited to be working with Magnolia Pictures and look forward to the release."
Magnolia currently has Alex Gibney's documentary, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and Prachya Pinkaew's "Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior" in theatrical release. SXSW 2004 audience award-winner "A League of Ordinary Gentlemen" is among its upcoming slate. Magnolia is a wholly owned subsidiary of Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Entertainment, which also owns HDNet Films, Rysher Entertainment, and Landmark Theatres.