After handling Asif Kapadia’s breakout hit “Amy,” indie distributor A24 is has just announced their acquisition of another insightful documentary about an icon in “De Palma.” Directed by Noah Baumbach (“Mistress America,” “Frances Ha”) and Jake Paltrow (“Young Ones,” “The Good Night”), the film paints a portrait of legendary director Brian De Palma, who is set to be honored this week at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award.
The documentary promises an honest and candid discussion with the one-of-a-kind director, exploring his illustrious 50-year career, in which he went from New Hollywood bad boy to highly respected film veteran, and directed celebrated and diverse films such as “Carrie,” “Dressed to Kill,” “Scarface,” “Blow Out” and “Mission: Impossible.”
About the acquisition, A24 said, “’De Palma’ is an incredible achievement. Noah and Jake have not only created a funny, nuanced, and deeply insightful portrait of one of the world’s most masterful and uncompromising filmmakers, but they have made a film which explores the very essence of filmmaking, and presents a unique and enormously entertaining perspective on both the art and the business of movies.”
“De Palma” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and will stop next at the New York Film Festival. A24 plans for a 2016 release.