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2008 Fall/Holiday Preview: #18. The Reader

Fans of the dearly departed Minghella and Pollack will want to catch their last produced picture.

The Reader Daldry

#18. The Reader

Stephen Daldry
Writers: David Hare (The Hours)

Producers: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack and Scott Rudin
Distributor:The Weinstein Company

The Gist: Based on the Bernard Schlink novel, and scripted by David Hare this tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Michael Berg who is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover–then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime.

Fact: Along with Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet will probably nab two Best Actress nods.

See It: Fans of the dearly departed Minghella and Pollack will want to catch their last produced picture.       

Release Date/Status?: After great test screenings, the Weinsteins are going full-throttle with an Oscar campaign and a December 12th release date..

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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