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Route One Entertainment's Films, The Circle, Landline & Colossal Celebrated at Major US Film Festivals

The Circle Gala Screening at Tribeca Film Festival. Landline Opens San Francisco Film Festival. Colossal Wows Audiences at SXSW.

Leading production, development and financing company Route One Entertainment is celebrating three feature films from its production slate selected for major U.S. film festivals unspooling in March and April 2017. Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, The Circle has been selected for a special Gala screening at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Sundance 2017 Official Selection Landline, starring Jenny Slate, will screen as the opening film at the San Francisco Film Festival and the Anne Hathaway starrer Colossal wowed audiences at its SXSW debut ahead of its U.S. release April 7th.

The Tribeca Film Festival will host the official World Premiere Gala Screening of The Circle. Produced and directed by James Ponsoldt, the film stars the late Bill Paxton, British darling Emma Watson, and two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks. Likely Story CEO Anthony Bregman produced the film with founders of Playtone, Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks. Executive Producers are Route One’s Russell Levine, Stefanie Azpiazu of Likely Story, Evan Hayes, Ron Schmidt, Peter Cron, Steve Shareshian, Dave Eggers, and Material Pictures’ Sally Willcox. Route One’s Sophia Dilley serves as co-producer on the dramatic thriller. The film is set for theatrical release in the U.S. on April 28th by STX Entertainment.

The dramedy Landline, starring Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, John Turturro, newcomer Abby Quinn, Finn Wittrock and Jay Duplass, opens the San Francisco Film Festival which runs from April 5th – 19th. The film reunites Slate with director Gillian Robespierre whose previous film Obvious Child was a break out hit in 2014.  Route One’s Russell Levine serves as a producer on Landline alongside Gigi Pritzker of Oddlot Entertainment and co-writer Elisabeth Holm. Route One’s Sophia Dilley serves as co-producer on the comedy. Rachel Shane of Oddlot executive produced. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it was acquired by Amazon Studios in one of the biggest deals at the festival.

The TIFF 2016 and Sundance 2017 selection Colossal is being released by newly launched NEON on April 7th in the U.S. Directed by Nacho Vigalondo, the well-received feature stars Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis as well as a fantastic supporting cast headlined by Dan Stevens, Austin Stowell and Tim Blake Nelson. Route One’s Russell Levine produced the feature alongside Nahikari Ipiña, and Zev Forman and Dominic Rustam of Voltage Pictures. Route One’s Sophia Dilley serves as a co-producer with Arielle Boisvert. Executive Producers of the feature are Garret Basch, Justin Bursch, Jonathan Deckter, Christopher Lytton, Shawn Williamson and director Nacho Vigalondo.

Tribeca Film Festival 2017 runs April 19th-30th, The San Francisco Film Festival runs April 5th-19th, and SXSW is currently running in Austin, Texas.

“Route One is kicking off a huge year for the company with three films going to great festivals prior to release,” said Levine. “The support of the festival community is a testament to the quality of our slate and we are thrilled to be participating leading up to their releases.”

Further details on the films are included below:


World Premiere Tribeca Film Festival

Writers: Screenplay by James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers, based on the novel by Dave Eggers

Directors: James Ponsoldt

Producers: Anthony Bregman, Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks, James Ponsoldt

US Distributor: EuropaCorp and STX Entertainment

International Sales: IM Global

Cast: Tom Hanks (Sully, Captain Phillips, Bridge of Spies), Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise, Beauty and the Beast), Bill Paxton (Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13), John Boyega (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Patton Oswalt (Young Adult, Ratatouille), and Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood, Fast Food Nation, Barry).

A young tech worker (Watson) lands a job at a powerful internet corporation, quickly rises up the company’s ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation concerning privacy, surveillance and freedom. She comes to learn that her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity. 


San Francisco Film Festival 2017

Writers: Screenplay and Story by Elisabeth Holm and Gillian Robespierre, Story by Tom Bean

Director: Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child)

Producers: Elisabeth Holm, Russell Levine, Gigi Pritzker

US Rights: UTA

International Rights: Sierra Affinity

Cast: Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, Zootopia) John Turturro (Fading Gigolo, The Night Of) Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie, The Sopranos) Abby Quinn (The Journey is the Destination), Jay Duplass (Transparent Cyrus, The Puffy Chair), Finn Wittrock (Unbroken, La Land).

Two sisters come of age in ’90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair—and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi.


SXSW 2017

Writer/Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Producers: Zev Foreman, Nahikari Ipiña, Russell Levine, Dominic Rustam, Shawn Williamson

US Distributor: NEON

International Sales: Voltage Pictures

Cast: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables, upcoming Ocean’s 8), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, We Are The Miller’s), Dan Stevens (upcoming Beauty and the Beast, Downton Abbey), Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) and Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Bridge of Spies).

Gloria (Hathaway) is an ordinary woman who, after losing her job and being kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.

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