There’s one film that entered the Toronto International Film Festival without distribution and then left the fest sitting prettier than all other films of its ilk, it is undoubtedly John Cameron Mitchell‘s “Rabbit Hole.” John previously directed “Hedwig And The Angry Inch”.
Scooped up by Lionsgate, the acquisition surely came with a certain dollar commitment figure for the Oscars and it’s easy to see why. Mitchell’s drama, about a couple grieving the loss of their child, boasts powerhouse performances from all its members especially lead actress Nicole Kidman, supporting actress Dianne Wiest and co-star Aaron Eckhart (who’s frankly just as good as anyone in the cast, but is likely to be overlooked come awards season). And let’s not forget Anton Sanko’s expressive score, which we hope — along with Rachel Portman’s plaintive “Never Let Me Go” music — earns a Best Original Score nod. Well, Lionsgate is putting its Oscar horse right in the thick of it, scheduling the film for a December 17th limited release with the film rolling out to more theaters over the ensuing weeks before going wide on January 14th.
The trailer was just released this past Friday: