Las Vegas was feeling a lot like Hollywood this Wednesday when Focus Features invited some of its amazing talent to Caesars Palace for a special celebration as part of CinemaCon, a four-day convention for cinema owners. Charlize Theron, Gary Oldman and Sofia Coppola were among those attending the event to talk about their upcoming Focus films and to toast our rich 15-year history.
In 2002 Focus Features launched as a company dedicated to helping artists share their distinctive stories, including Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist. In the decade and half since, we’ve gone on to release nearly 100 films including Academy Award winners like Brokeback Mountain, Milk, The Theory of Everything, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and cult favorites such as Burn After Reading and Shaun of the Dead.
This year the roster is more spectacular than ever with many of our favorite storytellers returning with new projects. "As we look ahead, I can say, hand on heart, that our 2017 is the best lineup we’ve ever had," said Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski.
Sofia Coppola, who wrote and directed Lost in Translation and Somewhere, unveils her Civil War thriller, The Beguiled in June. The Book of Henry starring Naomi Watts (Eastern Promises, Ned Kelly) premieres in June as well. In the fall director Joe Wright returns to Focus with his fifth film Darkest Hour starring Gary Oldman (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) as Winston Churchill. Wright's impressive volume of work with Focus includes Pride & Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina, and Atonement.
Other Focus films slated for 2017 include Stephen Frears' Victoria and Abdul starring Dame Judi Dench as Queen Elizabeth, the untitled Paul Thomas Anderson film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, and Atomic Blonde with Charlize Theron.
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