When Indiewire released its list of 20 movies that needed to be released in 2016 (click here) at the beginning of the new year, Derek Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” was at the top of the list for a number of reasons, most obviously because it features the dynamite pairing of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. Fortunately, we can now take the title off said list, as Disney has officially slated the picture for release on Labor Day weekend this September.
Based on the bestselling novel by M. L. Stedman, the drama centers on a lighthouse keeper and his wife after they find a child washed ashore on a lifeboat and decide to raise it as their own. Pairing Fassbender and Vikander at this point in their careers is simply too good to be true, and with some top talent behind the scenes, including “Macbeth” cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, “Oceans” has everything in place to be a masterpiece.
Now that Disney has set a September 2 release date, all eyes turn to the Cannes Film Festival in May, which will most likely host the drama’s world premiere. “Oceans” could also find a spot in Venice in late August.