Thank you, Amazon Studios, for funding our best filmmakers and allowing their movies to have proper theatrical releases (as opposed to Netflix, the Sith Lords of streaming services).
After taking 2 Oscars last year with Manchester by the Sea, Amazon will now distribute Wonderstruck, the latest from director Todd Haynes (Carol). Carefully crafted with his usual controlled formalism, this is a bit of a departure for Haynes; traditionally drawn to adult-oriented material, Wonderstruck will have a family-friendly PG rating.
No trailer has yet been released, so this clip is our first look at the film before it debuts at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. It simply reveals look and tone but avoids an explicit premise, so here’s the official synopsis to help make sense of the clip’s two halves.
- Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Brian Selznick (author of “The Invention of Hugo Cabret”), Wonderstruck is the story of Ben and Rose, children from two different eras (Ben in 1977 and Rose in 1927) who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a puzzling clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both children set out on quests to find what they are missing…that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
Starring Oakes Fegley (Pete’s Dragon) and introducing Millicent Simmonds, Wonderstruck also co-stars Haynes favorite Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. It opens in theaters on October 20, 2017.