Besides the possible inclusion of Clint Eastwood’s Changeling and Ari Folman‘s Waltz With Bashir, Variety‘s Winter Miller claims that “industry insiders suggest pics on this year’s shortlist for the New York Film Festival may include Gus Van Sant‘s Milk…”if it’s finished in time.” Sounds doubtful. If it happens, though, Milk won’t play Toronto…right?
The other hot possibles, Miller says, are Steven Soderbergh‘s two-part Che (yeah, heard that); Charlie Kaufman‘s Synecdoche, New York; one of Claire Denis’ two films, 35 Rhums or White Materials; Sam Mendes‘ Revolutionary Road (really?), John Hillcoat‘s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s em>The Road; Ron Howard‘s Frost/Nixon and John Patrick Shanley‘s Doubt.
Anne Thompson chimes in also: “Neither Sam Mendes‘ Revolutionary Road nor John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt will be ready for the NYFF, as previously reported here. Gus Van Sant’s Milk, starring Sean Penn as Harvey Milk, will also not be finished until late October or early November, while John Hillcoat‘s film version of Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road, starring Charlize Theron and Viggo Mortenson, will not be complete until December.
“As for Che, I hear that it will only turn up at a fest willing to screen it as a 4 1/2 hour feature, as Cannes did.”