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Poster Watch: Bright Star Heads Into Awards Season

Poster Watch: Bright Star Heads Into Awards Season

Here’s the new poster for Jane Campion’s Bright Star, which will follow its strong Cannes debut with likely September fest appearances in Telluride and Toronto. Bob Berney’s soon-to-be-named new combine with River Road’s Bill Pohlad will launch with this high-brow literary romance. The poster seems designed to showcase the film’s gorgeous young lovers (Abbie Cornish and Ben Whishaw play Fannie Brawne and John Keats) in a contemporary way, without the usual ivy trellised period look. What do you think?

This critic-friendly film is a soft lob down the middle for Academy voters, methinks–as long as Berney & Co. tread carefully, deliver a modest hit, and don’t make any mistakes. That’s a tall order for such an austere, tragic, intelligent, gorgeously crafted British period piece. But if anyone can do it…

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