(PRWEB) May 07, 2011
Following its award-winning Canadian premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, Goldrush Entertainment’s “Beautiful Boy” made its US debut at the 5th annual Dallas International Film Festival (IFF).
Describing Shawn Ku’s directorial masterpiece as the next “big” film, Festival director James Faust selected Beautiful Boy to be the festival’s “Centerpiece”, an honor previously granted to “The Hurt Locker” and “Winter’s Bone”, movies that ultimately went on to win Academy Awards.
When asked about the film’s recent recognition at the Dallas International Film Festival, President and CEO of Goldrush Entertainment, Eric Gozlan, mentioned he was impressed that there was “still a place in this industry for dramatic films dealing with hard hitting issues” and that he looks forward to Beautiful Boy attaining the same success as its predecessors.
Confident that the film was going to be a “winner”, Gozlan’s gut instinct was validated when Director Shawn Ku received the “International Federation of Film Critic’s Discovery Prize at the Toronto Film Festival.
Although Beautiful Boy was writer/director Shawn Ku’s first dramatic feature, Gozlan had no reservations about the project, aware that Ku was an “Auteur” with a unique and inspiring vision.
“Everyone involved knew from day one we had an amazing script and an even more amazing Director. We believed in Shawn. Hearing him describe his artistic vision convinced us that this was a film we weren’t going to let slip away.”
Although the difficult issues addressed in “Beautiful Boy” may have seemed risky to some, Gozlan’s uncanny ability to accurately evaluate properties based on solid key creative attachments, inspired financiers as well as lead actors, Maria Bello and Michael Sheen, who saw a chance to shine in the film.
Teaming up to play the parents of a college campus shooter, who dies along with his victims, Bello and Sheen portray a couple on the brink of collapse forced to deal with their own grief while under public scrutiny.
Film critics attending the Dallas premiere described the audience as being in tears by the end of the film. “Having read the script, I assumed that I wouldn’t be affected” Gozlan said “but Michael Sheen and Maria Bello’s heart wrenching performance really moved me.”
Picked up by US Anchor Bay Entertainment after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, the film will open in theaters in the US on June 3rd, and Canada on June 17th, 2011 followed closely by an international launch.
In the meantime, Goldrush Entertainment has already wrapped principle photography on their next project “Jacked”, also starring Maria Bello paired up this time with actor Stephen Dorff.
Confident that Goldrush Entertainment is quickly establishing itself as a strong player in the Indie Film market, Gozlan is happy to witness the fruits of his labors and to know the hard work is paying off. “2010 was a great year for Goldrush Entertainment and we don’t have plans to slow down any time soon.”
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