Halle Berry Will Enter “Frankie & Alice” Into Oscar Race! Her Best Work Since “Monster’s Ball,” She Says
Well, I’ll be… Last we reported on this flick, in May, it was without a distributor and had screened for buyers at the Cannes Market.
Today, 5 months later, comes a report that Halle Berry, who is also a producer of the film, will be launching an awards season qualifying run the film, with Freestyle Releasing handling the distribution, while P&A will be funded by independent financiers.
The film now officially has a release date of December 17, but only in New York and Los Angeles, so that it qualifies for Academy Award consideration, and will open wider on February 4th. You know I’ll see it when it opens in NYC, with a review to follow.
Halle has reportedly been shepherding the project – described as a “passion project” for her, and a role that she herself considers her best work since Monster’s Ball – obviously, if she’s pushing for awards consideration.
As a refresher, Frankie & Alice is a fact-based psychological drama set in the 1970s in which Halle plays a young black woman with a dual personality disorder, one of them being a white racist.
“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, filmmaking experience… Her struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility,” said Halle.
Co-starring with Halle in the film are Phylicia Rashad and Stellan Skarsgård. Geoffrey Sax directed from a script by Cheryl Edwards.
I searched for a trailer and still couldn’t find one, but I’m sure one will surface sooner than later!
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