While summer is generally the province of cinema-stuffing blockbusters, the sheer level of anticipation and attendance the season engenders can make it a fine time to release indie fare as well. This year, three longtime indie (and quasi-indie) directors will be releasing their newest movies – one of which has been anticipated for almost a decade.
We already knew that Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight, Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, and Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited were slated for 2013 releases in the United States. It’s been revealed that all of their initial theatrical runs will take place over the summer.
ERC Box Office’s Twitter feed has announced the initial release dates for I’m So Excited, Before Midnight, and Blue Jasmine. Linklater’s Before Midnight will be released on May 24th; Almodovar’s I’m So Excited will see daylight on June 28th; and Allen’s Blue Jasmine will appear on July 26th. All of these release dates are for limited initial openings in Los Angeles and New York. Wider openings across the United States have not yet been scheduled, but will no doubt follow within weeks.
Before Midnight is the third installment in a rather unusual trilogy of romantic dramas. Each of the movies (which include Before Sunrise and Before Sunset) has been filmed nine years after the last one and stars the same principal duo of Ethan Hawke (Sinister) and Julie Delpy (2 Days in New York). The movies follow a pair of vacationers who meet by chance and form a deep bond, despite the short time they have together. Before Midnight will see Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Celine arranging to meet one another in Greece nearly 20 years after their initial encounter. Both of Linklater’s previous Before… movies has garnered high critical praise, and so far it looks as if Before Midnight will not be an exception.
If the first trailer is anything to go on, I’m So Excited is a raucous comedy set on a single airliner. Focusing on a trio of overworked (and fairly flamboyant) flight attendants, the movie looks to eschew Almodovar’s heavier dramatic themes and return to his earlier comedic work (see: Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown). I’m So Excited co-stars longtime Almodovar ally Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots), Penélope Cruz (The Counselor), and Paz Vega (Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted).
For the moment, Blue Jasmine remains the most mysterious of the three films mentioned here. Since it’s a Woody Allen flick, it will no doubt either be a wry interpersonal comedy, painful drama, quirky crime thriller, or some combination thereof. As with many of Allen’s most recent films, Blue Jasmine boasts an objectively solid cast – Cate Blanchett (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey), Louis C.K. (Louie), and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) are all involved.
Though Almodovar, Allen, and Linklater all have several bumps in their overall track record, their most recent movies (The Skin I Live In, Midnight in Paris, and Bernie, respectively) all indicate returns to form. Hopefully, this trio of off-kilter films will maintain or exceed that level of quality.
Before Midnight will rise on May 24th. I’m So Excited will fly into theaters on June 28th. Blue Jasmine opens on July 26th. All these dates, of course, are in 2013.