NOLA shot ’99 Homes’ will, indeed, get an Oscar push
The good news for director Ramin Bahrani’s New Orleans-shot drama “99 Homes” is that, fresh off its well-received screenings at the recent Toronto, Telluride and Venice film festivals, it has landed a U.S. distributor. The bad news is that any Oscar hopes for the film are going to have to wait for at least a year.
Broad Green Pictures has picked up the domestic distribution rights to Bahrani’s film, starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, in a $3 million deal, according to Deadline. What’s more, Broad Green is planning an Oscar push, but not until 2015, when it has scheduled the film for release.
That surely will let at least a little wind out of the sails of those rooting for another strong New Orleans presence at this year’s Academy Awards, as Bahrani’s film generated immediate Oscar buzz upon its festival screenings. At least some of that came from Bahrani himself, who wasn’t shy about declaring both Garfield and Shannon’s performances award-worthy.
Still, he said he’s excited about the distribution deal and about the enthusiasm for his film.
“I’m very happy to partner with Broad Green Pictures. Their passion and plan for this film felt like the perfect way to bring it to the U.S.,” Bahrani told Deadline. “What excited me the most was to see that audiences’ reactions in all the festivals was so tremendous. Their passionate and visceral reaction convinced all of us that the country needs and wants to see a film like this. I’m thrilled to have such committed partners to make sure this film reaches a very wide audience.”
Like Bahrani’s previous film, 2012’s “At Any Price,” “99 Homes” is a character-based drama rooted in what many see as the often-predatory nature of America’s current economic climate. In it, Garfield plays a young Florida father who, after being evicted from his home, joins up with the broker who evicted him (Shannon) to evict other families from their homes, all in the hopes of earning his back.
Broad Green is reportedly planning a spring release for “99 Homes.”