But there's still no word on when it will get a release in America or the UK. It's also notable that it has been absent from festival line-ups in English speaking countries.
Presumably this is due to the previously reported news that Harvey
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Bong Joon-Ho and actress Tilda Swinton were in France this week for the premiere of the film at the Deauville Film Festival and they both addressed the news that the film may be cut for international audiences.
Bong Joon-Ho previously said that Harvey was being "soft" regarding the edits but now he's saying that the film being cut is still up for negotiation:
Me and The Weinstein Company are still negotiating about everything… The movie at the festival, the French version is my own director's cut. In Korea, Japan, France and many other European countries have all bought my director's cut. And for North America we are still negotiating with The Weinstein Company, we are discussing.
That comment about European countries really piqued my interest. I live in the UK so am hopeful that we could be included in that list of European Countries. I hope Bong Joon-Ho and co. triumph in these negotiations and get a director's cut released in America too. As Tilda Swinton so succinctly put it at the same press conference in France,
There's no question that all English speaking audiences deserve to see director Bong's cut, and we hope very much that we will all see it.
My only worry regarding the release of the director's cut in America and Bong Joon-Ho getting his way is some push back from The Weinstein Company. There are numerous reported examples in the past of The Weinstein Company, and Miramax, clashing with directors and then giving the films very little backing when they actually get released, or even just letting them sit on a shelf collecting dust.
Box office-wise I can't help but feel like the boat has already been missed somewhat with Snowpiercer too. If it is as good as I'm hearing it is then surely a glitzy premiere in Cannes in May would have started the critical swell, which could have been built upon in marketing the film for a release in multiple countries shortly after its Korean release. Shortly, as in days, not months.
Instead we've heard little about the film's American release beyond depressing news of cuts and the film's Korean DVD and Blu-ray release is fast approaching. Which means a number of people will import it and probably even more folk, sadly, will pirate it. All of this most likely before the film even gets a release in any English speaking countries. That doesn't seem like a smart release strategy to me.
We'll be bringing you more news on Snowpiecer's release as soon as we get it and also news on how you can import the film in its uncut version as soon as it's available.