A pair of possible Oscar contenders received release dates today with Fox Searchlight setting a November 6 release date for their Sundance acquisition Brooklyn from director John Crowley and starring Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Jim Broadbent and Julie Walters.
Based on Colm Toibin’s acclaimed novel and set on opposite sides of the Atlantic, Brooklyn tells the story of Eilis Lacey (Ronan), a young Irish immigrant navigating her way through 1950s Brooklyn. Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Then there’s Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl starring , telling the story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe.
Focus has set a November 27 limited release date, most likely with plans for a Toronto or Venice premiere followed by a limited roll out over the 2016 Oscar awards season. The pic co-stars Amber Heard, Matthias Schoenaerts and Ben Whishaw.