What About About Ray?

Gaby Dellal’s About Ray, the trans(ition) dramedy formerly titled Three Generations, will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next month (among others – more on that later) ahead of a limited stateside release on Sept. 18.

It had been moved from Sept. 18 to Tuesday, Sept. 8, suggesting a digital/VOD release and, by extension, little faith on TWC’s part. But maybe Harvey had a change of heart, as About Ray has returned to its Sept. 18 slot. Unless I’m mistaken, it’s the only Weinstein Co.-distributed film set for TIFF this year.

This may bode well for Elle Fanning, Naomi Watts, and Susan Sarandon’s chances at Oscar attention. Of course, we should remember that TWC’s biggest September contender thus far was The Master (2012). A Venice and Toronto hit, Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama landed actor (Joaquin Phoenix), supporting actress (Amy Adams), and supporting actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman) bids. Can About Ray snag at least one acting bid?

While the trailer above paints About Ray as a rather by-the-numbers film, especially for such a hot topic, the film provides a contemporary glimpse at transitioning; About Ray and Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl – two contemporary films that focus on transitioning in different time periods, with different circumstances – should make for fascinating companion pieces.

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