Oscilloscope, the same distrib that opened Kelly Reichardt’s 2008 film, Wendy and Lucy, starring Michelle Williams, will also handle the North American release of her most recent Venice/Toronto entry, the western Meek’s Cutoff, starring Williams, Will Patton, Bruce Greenwood, Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan.
The film inspired strong fest reviews. It’s a genre entry, taut and tense yet naturalistic and authentic, as an Oregon wagon train takes a detour from the main trail and gets lost. At a Bell Lightbox dinner at new Luma restaurant this week, Greenwood, who admitted to loving shooting westerns on horseback, admired Reichardt for keeping her distance from the action, letting scenes play out and giving the actors plenty of freedom. Reichardt wants us to draw contemporary parallels from the pioneers’ fears and projections onto the unknown. O-Scope will open the film in 2011.
“It is an honor to work with filmmakers of this caliber, especially given the fact that, through the process of releasing WENDY AND LUCY, we have become friends with them, so really I could not ask for more,” stated Adam Yauch, head of Oscilloscope, who screened the film in Venice. “As a side note, MEEK’S CUTOFF is so real feeling and looking that I suspect Kelly may have stolen our plans and completed work on a time-machine that we had been putting the finishing touches on, and that MEEK’S is actually a documentary that she went back and shot in 1845. If anyone has any evidence to that effect, please contact me directly ASAP. My email address is email@example.com.”
The film sale was negotiated by Cinetic Media.