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Exclusive: Alan Cumming, Garrett Dillahunt drama goes global.
UK sales outfit Celsius Entertainment has continued to sell festival favourite Any Day Now.
Recent deals include Australia and New Zealand (Pinnacle), Portugal (Legendmain), Netherlands (ABC-Cinemien), Spain (Canal+), Turkey (Mor/Codex), Scandinavia (Koch), Thailand (Sahamongkol), Taiwan (Applause), Korea (Sookie), Japan (Bitters End), Airlines (Jaguar) and Israel (Yes Dbs).
Inspired by a true story, Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt star in the drama about a gay couple’s struggle to adopt a boy with down syndrome who was abandoned by his mother.
The critical hit has to date won ten audience awards including at North American festivals Tribeca, Seattle, Chicago and Outfest.
The film last week opened fourth among new entrants at the Hong Kong box office for Golden Scene, accumulating a screen average of $2,679 across six screens.
Music Box previously nabbed Us rights and released in December. Peccadillo »
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Garret Dillahunt as Paul, Isaac Leyva as Marco and Alan Cumming as Rudy in Travis Fine's Any Day Now Travis Fine's touching and heartfelt drama Any Day Now reaches UK cinemas on September 6. The film, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival last year, stars Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt as a newly established gay couple who try to give disadvantaged Down's syndrome teenager Marco (Isaac Leyva) the loving family that he has never had. In doing so, they face a situation fraught with prejudice and injustice. The film is by turns funny and poignant, giving a satisfying emotional pay-off without being manipulative, and is fully deserving of the fistful of festival awards it has won. We caught up with Fine ahead of the UK release to talk about the stories behind the film and the reception it has received.
I gather the screenplay for the film was originally from the Seventies? »
- Amber Wilkinson
★★★★☆ Travis Fine's poignant second feature about a gay couple's attempts to adopt a Down's syndrome child is a well-crafted drama with a powerful message and stellar performances from Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt. Based on true events, scripted by George Arthur Bloom and then reworked by Fine, Any Day Now (2012) deals with weighty and emotive issues reminiscent of 2009 biopic Milk; both films interweave the political and personal to great effect, and use humour to leaven the shade. Set in 1970s La, Rudy (Cumming) is a big-voiced drag queen who struggles to make ends meet from his cabaret act.
When he meets the closeted Paul (Dillahunt), who works in the district attorney's office, their connection is immediate. Meanwhile, Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager with special needs, lives with his drug-addicted mother in the same rundown apartment block as Rudy. When she winds up in jail, Rudy decides to take Marco under his wing. »
- CineVue UK
Debuting at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, and taking home the first of almost a dozen awards on the festival circuit, Travis Fine’s Any Day Now is finally on the cusp of its release here in the UK.
Led by Alan Cumming and Garrett Dillahunt, with a release on our shores just a few weeks away, we’ve got the new UK quad poster to share with you exclusively.
Winner of 10 Audience Awards at film festivals and starring Alan Cumming, Any Day Now is a powerful tale of love, acceptance and family. When a teenager with Down syndrome (Isaac Leyva) is abandoned by his mother, a gay couple (Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt) take him in and become the loving family he’s never had. But when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by authorities, the men are forced to fight a biased legal system to save the »
- Kenji Lloyd
Chicago – Evoking the civil rights melodramas of the ’60s, such as Guy Green’s wrenching “A Patch of Blue,” with a dash of Robert Benton’s 1979 masterpiece, “Kramer vs. Kramer,” Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now” shamelessly aims to tug at the heartstrings. And tug at them he does with considerable success, thanks in large part to the riveting, career-best performance delivered by Alan Cumming. It’s the sort of work that could’ve easily been honored with an Oscar nod, had Fox Searchlight or Harvey Weinstein picked it up.
Set in California circa 1979, the film centers on a gay couple struggling to care for a young boy who is in desperate need of a family. Though the couple desires to be considered as his parents, they find themselves in the same predicament as the distraught father figure in Patrick Wang’s 2011 masterpiece, “In the Family.” Yet whereas Wang’s »
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Sterling performances by Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt help elevate Any Day Now above a premise that may sound quite familiar: a non-traditional couple runs into trouble when they try to adopt a special-needs child. Set in West Hollywood, California, in 1979, the original screenplay by Travis Fine and George Arthur Bloom, inspired by a true story, sets up one stereotype after another, only to topple them gently. Rudy (Cumming) is performing in a nightclub when he locks eyes with Paul (Dillahunt). They adjourn to Paul's car for a quick tryst and the promise of a future meeting. When Rudy returns home, he discovers that next-door neighbor Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenage boy with Down's syndrome, has been left abandoned by the arrest of his...
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Chicago – Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now” is an old-fashioned social problem film painted in the broadest of strokes. Fairly early on, the audience is faced with two choices: either resist the film’s assuredly tear-jerking formula or submit to it. Though some critics will always opt for the first choice, regardless of a film’s merits, I’m willing to praise a formula as long as it’s well-executed.
At its best, Fine’s film appropriately evokes civil rights melodramas of the ’60s, such as Guy Green’s wrenching “A Patch of Blue,” with a dash of Robert Benton’s 1979 masterpiece, “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Fueling the fractured heart of “Any Day Now” is the love that two would-be parents feel for a young boy in desperate need of a family. The fact that the two “parents” are a gay couple unable to marry in America circa 1979 places a »
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