Savages Is Sundance Hit
[Posted by Nicole Sperling] Fox Searchlight’s The Savages, directed by Tamara Jenkins (Slums of Beverly Hills), is the first hit of Sundance 2007. At the press screening this morning at the Holiday Cinema, prior to tonight’s 6:00 PM Eccles premiere, the audience seemed universally engaged in the heartbreaking tale starring Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The R-rated drama centering on siblings that must take care of an aged absent father elicited such reactions from audience members as “beautiful,” to “sad but at the same time uplifting,” and “incredibly real.” Searchlight publicist Michelle Hooper said that depending on where in life moviegoers are regarding the health of their parents, reaction to the movie has been quite visceral. The film does not yet have a release date, and Searchlight may be waiting for the Sundance response to program the movie. But with the strong performances from both Linney and Hoffman this film could generate award buzz for the very early 2008 award season.