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PARK CITY ’08, 7:47 p.m. | Early Word on “Wackness”

PARK CITY '08, 7:47 p.m. | Early Word on "Wackness"

The world premiere of Jonathan Levine‘s Sundance dramatic competition entry “The Wackness,” which concluded just a few minutes ago at the Racquet Club theater, is certainly the first screening of this year’s festival to bring all of Indiewood’s major players into one theater at the same time. Spotted after the showing were Fox Searchlight‘s Peter Rice, Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics, Bob Berney from Picturehouse, Daniel Battsek and his team from Miramax Films, James Schamus from Focus Features, TWC‘s Harvey Weinstein, Lions Gate‘s Tom Ortenberg, Eamonn Bowles from Magnolia Pictures, Bingham Ray from Kimmel and key executives from Paramount Vantage, IFC Films, as well a big group from ThinkFilm. As their competitors filed past, the group from Think seemed to linger the longest, huddled for awhile near a theater exit. CAA is selling the film, which will screen again for the public on Sunday morning. As is sometimes the case, reactions were all over the map, some raving and upbeat, while others were much more critical. And even those who didn’t like the film called it marketable, predicting that it will be popular with buyers. Many execs were killing time outside, with Christine Jeff‘s anticipated “Sunshine Cleaning” set to screen at the theater shortly. Meanwhile, back inside the theater, raising the film during a Q & A, actor Ben Kingsley highlighted the film’s “innocence” adding that the story — set in New York City in 1994 — has, “the authority of an ancient novel.” Meanwhile, Mary Kate Olsen, asked about a her scene kissing Kingsley, spoke highly of the experience. indieWIRE plans to publish a review of the film this weekend. [Eugene Hernandez]

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