US distributor of Indian Oscar selection Last Film Show calls it a really strong contender this year
The film is set to release in theatres in Gujarat and on select screens across the country on 14th October 2022.
Director Pan Nalin’s LAST FILM SHOW (Chhello Show) has been selected as India’s official entry at the Oscars. Produced by Roy Kapur Films, Dheer Momaya of Jugaad Motion Pictures, Monsoon Films and Chhello Show LLP, the film is set to release in theatres in Gujarat and on select screens across the country on 14th October 2022.
Samuel Goldwyn Films are the distributors of Last Film Show (Chhello Show) in the United States. The legendary studio has a long history of backing and distributing Oscar-worthy films, including four nominations in prestigious categories between 2020 and 2022. They previously distributed the Danish comedy-drama Another Round, which in 2021 won Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, the same award for which their Bhutanese drama Lunana: A Yak in The Classroom also secured a nomination at the 2022 Oscars.
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Samuel Goldwyn Films, which acquired LAST FILM SHOW following its celebrated premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2021, are confident that the film will resonate strongly with Academy voters and wider audiences alike. Samuel Goldwyn Films’ President Peter Goldwyn said, “In the last two years, Samuel Goldwyn Films has been nominated for four Academy Awards, with three nominations and one winner in the Best International Feature Film category. We believe that LAST FILM SHOW speaks to the heart and soul of cinema, which will be appealing not only to moviegoers in the United States but also Academy members. We believe that the film is a really strong contender this year, and we’re excited to bring it to American audiences. We are also eager to bring our expertise with Academy Awards campaigns to the release of this title.”
France’s mighty Orange Studio is the World Sales Agent for LAST FILM SHOW and is also releasing the film in France. Founded in 2007, the company has backed Oscar-winning titles like The Artist, which won five Oscars at the 84th Academy Awards, and The Father, which won two Oscars including Best Actor for Anthony Hopkins at the 93rd Oscars. Orange Studio, which has supported Last Film Show from its early stages, is aiming for a strong Oscars push for the film in association with Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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Kristina Zimmerman, CEO, Orange Studio, said, “We are delighted to hear that Last Film Show is 2023 India’s official Oscar submission for Best International Feature. Orange Studio were the first believers in Pan Nalin’s beautiful film Last Film Show. We acquired the movie at the script level and came on board to handle the World Sales of the film. The film has been sold to multiple territories and we are looking forward to its release in Italy on 24th November and Japan on 20th January (2023). However, the most important releases will be in India on 14th October 2022 and in the USA with our distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films towards the end of the year, which coincides with the Oscar campaign. Our years of experience tells us that Last Film Show has a huge chance of winning the hearts of moviegoers around the world and especially Academy Award members. We have won over seven Oscars for our films (like The Father, The Artist), and we plan to dedicate our total attention to running a successful Oscar campaign in coordination with our partners at Samuel Goldwyn Films for Last Film Show.”
The legendary Shochiku Studios serves as the Japanese distributor, while the esteemed Medusa will bring Last Film Show (Chhello Show) to Italian cinemas.