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Here’s the Big Question for All the Movies About to Launch at Fall Festivals

Festival buzz is about to unleash some exciting films. But what kind of life will they have after that?

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The fall movie season is arriving at a key moment for the state of exhibition. At this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas, NATO chief John Fithian spoke out against the notion that day-and-date releases had any potential for the future of distribution, and it’s easy to see why when everything from “Black Widow” to “Jungle Cruise” hasn’t exactly benefited from the strategy. But Fithian messaged confidence about the future of movie theaters as the pandemic continues, which makes the fall festival circuit particularly intriguing and loaded with questions. With Telluride, Venice, and TIFF right around the corner, new movies are going to be generating buzz ahead of their release dates while many will be left to wonder whether that buzz will translate into successful openings.

In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss that uncertainty in light of the CinemaCon events while looking ahead to Telluride (above) and the rest of the circuit. They also touch on the challenges of watching films remotely this year and share insights from recent interviews with Paolo Sorrentino, Paul Schrader, Sean Penn, and his daughter Dylan.

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Leonardo Adrian Garcia and available on Apple PodcastsStitcherSpotify, and hosted by Megaphone. You can subscribe here or via RSS. Share your feedback with Thompson and Kohn on Twitter. Browse previous installments here, review the show on Apple Podcasts, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. Check out the rest of IndieWire’s podcasts on Apple Podcasts right here.

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