As we make the turn towards Oscar season, several studios have begun to bring their projects out of the woodwork. One studio that’s thrived with indie darlings is Bleecker Street. The indie studio released its first film in 2014 with “Danny Collins,” and has continued to build a solid reputation. “Captain Fantastic” made waves as an Oscar contender just two years ago, getting Viggo Mortenson into Lead Actor. Now, Bleeker Street is beginning to ramp up for the next Oscar season with “What They Had.”
Bleeker Street picked up “What They Had” in May of 2017. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2018. Elizabeth Chomko directs the film featuring an all-star cast. Hilary Swank and Michael Shannon lead an ensemble that also features Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Josh Lucas, and Taissa Farmiga. An IMDB synopsis is as follows:
A woman must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer’s-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.
“What They Had” seems to draw from similar territory as indie hits “Away from Her” and “The Savages.” It received some positive reviews from Sundance, and could potentially pick up steam. Today, Bleeker Street released a trailer to get things going.
If you have a cast featuring Swank, Shannon, and Danner, there’s a chance someone is going to break through. Swank’s a two-time Oscar winner and Shannon feels like an eventual winner. Danner’s role in “I’ll See You In My Dreams” made a strong push for a nomination. The group is very strong and the October release shows that Bleeker Street has some confidence in the film. A nomination for one of the three actors is certainly in the realm of possibility.