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Southland Tales destined for Directors Cut

SouthlandTales.jpgRichard Kelly is not having a good time of it, Southland Tales was recut after a poor performance at Cannes, and although it was picked up by Sony, news today is that it has to have an hour cut from the film.

According to an interview in Hotdog magazine, through FemaleFirst, Dark Horizons and Film Rotation, Kelly is giving up.

"What's disappointing, frustrating is that now I don't know that Southland Tales will be seen in the United States. Maybe it will, but potentially it could be shown with almost an hour of it missing. I don't quite know what that film is...It was intended to be this epic LA story. I just don't know if I have the energy anymore. I tried. I tried. And hopefully they'll (the fans) get a chance to see it at some point"

I'm sure we will, and it looks like it'll be a DVD release, once we drum up enough business with the standard release that is, because only then are we likely to get a full Directors Cut. An hour is a lot to lose and still retain a coherent and strong story.

The release schedule doesn't say anything about the UK as yet, so far it's Poland, Hungary, USA, Finland, Norway, Australia, Austria, Italy and finally France. Perhaps it's not going to be seen here? Especially if a version with an hour cut from it doesn't show that well elsewhere.





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I covered it too. I guess I do need to post an announcement, but I no longer blog for FilmRot so if you want to read my "voice" on movie news, you'll have to check out eGamer until I get picked up by some other blog.

No, this is not controversial and there was no behind the scenes turmoil that caused this. It's really not all that interesting.

Gee, well I'm not saying there's a conspiracy behind this, but it's certainly interesing.

Would you not call the fact that Kelly is having to cut a third of his film for a US release interesting? The audience are not going to see the film the Director made, I'd say that's interesting to the audience.

Um, I was talking about my departure from FilmRot. *That's* not all that interesting. Mr. Kelly's (no relation) film has got to have some merit to it and in fact I liked to see it. Sorry about the confusion. =)

Ah! I see...I hope the leaving was not for negative reasons.

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