FAREWELL (L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL)
Releases on DVD, Other Formats April 19, 2011
“The most important espionage case of the 20th Century” --Ronald Reagan
Culver City, CA/Vancouver, BC, Canada—March 24, 2011—Vancouver based NeoClassics Home Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed film FAREWELL, (L’AFFAIRE FAREWELL) from Academy Award nominated Director Christian Carion and starring Emir Kusturica and Guillaume Canet, on DVD in the US April 19, 2011. The film will be available on release from Amazon, Blockbuster, iTunes, Sonic, Sony, Verizon, and is scheduled to be on Vudu and YouTube. DISH, In Demand and TVN have all picked up the film for video-on-demand (VOD) for April 12.
This French film has garnered significant acclaim and box office success since its US theatrical debut last July. It played in dozens of cities over a period of five months, staying in release through November 2010. The film world-premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and went on to the Toronto International Film Festival. A sampling of critical praise for the Rotten Tomatoes “Certified Fresh” title includes:
“A fantastic true story.” --Steve Holden, New York Times
“Now THAT’s a spy movie.”--Jeff Stein, Washington Post
“Fascinating, mesmerizing! Stunnningly intelligent”--David Denby, The New Yorker
“An Irresistible film”--Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
FAREWELL is the riveting true story of a KGB colonel who, disenchanted with what the Communist ideal has become under Leonid Brezhnev, gives top-secret documents to a French businessman working in Russia, helping to hasten the end of the Cold War. He didn’t do this for money, but rather that a new world might dawn for his fellow Russians, but especially for his son.
Based on the book Bonjour Farewell by Serguei Kostine, the film, directed by Christian Carion (Academy Award® nominated JOYEUX NOEL), boasts a strong international cast starring two noted film directors who are also respected actors, Guillaume Canet (THE BEACH; MERRY CHRISTMAS, TELL NO ONE) and Emir Kusturica (THE GOOD THIEF, UNDERGROUND, ARIZONA DREAM). The ensemble also includes Alexandra Maria Lara, Ingeborda Dapkunaite, Diane Kruger, Willem Dafoe, Fred Ward and David Soul.
Thomas Reed, a former US Secretary of the Air Force and historian, wrote: “Please extend my heartiest congratulations to Fred Ward for his portrayal of Reagan. I knew ‘RR’ as well as anyone, from sharing motel rooms in Modesto to coffee in the Governor's non-mansion in Sacramento. Mr. Ward captured the mannerisms; the makeup people captured the face, the wardrobe people captured the costumes exactly. Wow!”