Roman Polanski's CARNAGE To Open New York Film Festival 2011

As Polanski's dramedy takes the much lauded Social Network NY Fest opening night slot of last year, Sony Pictures Classics release some new images from the film.

Roman Polanski is back in the headlines for the right reasons these days and I was happy to read in my inbox last night that his latest movie Carnage, based on French playwright Yasmina Reza's dramatic play Gods of Carnage, has been chosen to open the New York Film Festival. The news came just days after the film was included in the Venice Film Festival line-up. Polanski's film takes the much lauded spot David Fincher's The Social Network premiered with last year and then went on to dominate the rest of the year's Oscar discussion (until The King's Speech came along... and well the rest is history). In what will be a dialogue heavy four thesp film, Kate Winslet/Christoph Waltz & John C. Reilly/Jodie Foster star as two middle-class New Yorker parents who meet for dinner after their respective children are involved in a fight and school, with the evening exposing their differing ideals and attitudes towards life and the incident. Of course the film wasn't actually shot in New York given Polanski's troubles with the U.S. law. Being unaware of the play myself I'm not entirely sure I know what to expect from the film but looking at the new images that German website Filmspoons seems to have gotten their hands on, perhaps there's something of a wicked, comic edge to it? No surprise really with it's French origins and perhaps it'll carry the same tone as Alfred Hitchcock's look at the shameful nature of the middle-class with Rope over sixty years earlier.... just without the dead body in the trunk. I guess the game was given away that this might be a comedy when the following still of Waltz trying to dry off a mobile phone with a hair dryer was released; Carange will be released in U.S. cinema's Nov. 18th via Sony Pictures Classics but no U.K. date has been revealed just yet.
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Matt Holmes is the co-founder of What Culture, formerly known as Obsessed With Film. He has been blogging about pop culture and entertainment since 2006 and has written over 10,000 articles.