Sony Classics Sets Release Dates for Leigh’s ‘Mr. Turner’ and Sundance Pic ‘Whiplash’

Sony Pictures Classics is going to have a big showing at Cannes this year with five films playing the festilval beginning with Bennett Miller‘s Foxcatcher already set for a November 14 release and starring Steve CarellMark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum.

Yesterday it was announced the studio would release the Russian hockey documentary Red Army, of which I featured the trailer yesterday afternoon (watch it here) and they’re already lined up to release Zhang Yimou‘s new film Coming Home (watch the trailer here) starring Gong Li.

The studio picked up Damien Chazelle‘s Whiplash starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons out of Sundance, are taking it to Cannes and have now announced an October 10 release date.

Finally, Mike Leigh‘s latest film, Mr. Turner will see the director return to the Croisette after bringing his wonderful Another Year to the feat back in 2010. Sony Classics has set a December 19 release for the film and offered up the first official synopsis:

Mr. Turner explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (Timothy Spall). Profoundly affected by the death of his father, loved by a housekeeper he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, he forms a close relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies. Throughout this, he travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits brothels, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty.


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