Monday, May 20, 2024

Oscar Winning Director of “The Artist” Pulls New Film, “Final Cut,” from Sundance Over Virtual Screenings


The Sundance Film Festival has switched from in person to virtual thanks to COVID. So far all the filmmakers who were invited have gone alonjg with the new plan. Except one.

Michel Hazanavicius, who won an Oscar for directing “The Artist,” a Best Picture as well, has pulled out. He was supposed to debut his new film, a Zombie comedy called “Final Cut.” But when Sundance press tickets were made available this morning, “Final Cut” wasn’t in the mix.

The festival says it’s because of the change. Hazanavicius only wants his film shown on big screens in theaters. The weird part of this is, “Final Cut” was included in the festival’s original virtual program. The press had already signed up for it. It’s unclear if he knew that.

I like Michel, and I even learned how to spell and type his last name. But he hasn’t had a follow up of any note to “The Artist” in 12 years. He’s made four films no one has seen and weren’t very good. “The Artist” was a singular work of genius and imagination. But it would be nice for him to get another hit.

So no Hazanavicius. Quel dommage!

Sundance statement below:

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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