A Nice Summer Picture to Relieve the Heat

Sony Pictures Classics has set August 5 as the US release date for Wong Kar Wai’s 2046, though the running time is “TBD.” Does that leave room open for the master auteur to tinker a little more? The Tribeca Film Festival will have the US premiere later this month.

That August 5 date means that 2046 will have to compete with (get ready, people!) THE DUKES OF HAZARD remake that opens the same day. Decisions, decisions…

SPC’s description reads: “He was a writer. He thought he wrote about the future but it really was the past. In his novel, a mysterious train left for 2046 every once in a while. Everyone who went there had the same intention…..to recapture their lost memories. It was said that in 2046, nothing ever changed. Nobody knew for sure if it was true, because nobody who went there had ever come back- except for one. He was there. He chose to leave. He wanted to change.”

It’s a gorgeous picture. The imagery washes over the viewer and has the potential to leave audiences confounded or darkly delighted. The passion behind the romance feels palpably warm. After watching it on DVD, I can’t wait to see it on the biggest cinema screen I can find.

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