Medient Studios, Inc., will release Nick Cassavetes’ “Yellow” on Aug. 29 in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Chicago, followed by a planned expansion nationwide, the studio announced.
A festival favorite, “Yellow” has been screened to critical acclaim at more than a dozen film festivals around the world, including Toronto International Film Festival, Tokyo International Film Festival, Munich Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival and SXSW among others. The film also won the Best Feature Film award at the Catalina Film Festival in September 2013.
“I guess what I’m interested in today is putting up on screen something that is consistent with what I see when I walk out my front door,” said Cassavetes, director and writer of “Yellow.” “And granted, I’m a little crazy, but ‘Yellow’ comes pretty darn close.”
“Yellow” has received several glowing reviews over the past months when it has played at the various film festivals. Screen Daily calls it a film “destined for cult status” while Indiewire called it Cassavetes’ best work. “It’s not only Cassavetes’ best movie, but also a fascinating alternative to conventional melodrama that burrows inside its troubled protagonist’s head and unleashes her emotions in vivid terms. No matter how messy it gets, ‘Yellow’ renders a troubled subjectivity with striking creativity,” according to reviewers.
Manu Kumaran, chairman of Medient Studios and the producer of the film said that this was a labor of love.
“Nick Cassavetes has invented a new story-telling idiom. He has broken every narrative tool in the shed and yet pulled off this stunning ode to a modern reality,” he said. “This is a film for the ages, a film that will survive all of us. Every screening of the film to an American audience has ended in a standing ovation and we expect the film to perform well at the box office.”
“Yellow” tells the story of Mary Holmes, played by Heather Wahlquist, a young substitute teacher who escapes from her drudging everyday life by fantasizing bizarre parallel realities. Her hallucinatory world is peopled with Busby Berkeley dancers, Cirque du Soleil, circus freaks, and human farm animals, where nothing is quite what it seems.
“Yellow” also stars Sienna Miller, Melanie Griffith, Lucy Punch, Gena Rowlands, David Morse, Daveigh Chase, Max Thieriot, Riley Keough, Ethan Suplee, Brendon Sexton and Ray Liotta.
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