Amazon’s ‘Manchester By the Sea’ Gets Awards Season Release Date
It may only be March, but 2017 Oscar buzz is already in the air. Amazon's Manchester By the Sea, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year, finally has a release date and it's right in the middle of awards season.
The Kenneth Lonergan drama, which we called "masterful" and "heartbreaking," garnered attention after multiple studios had an all-night bidding war over the film. Amazon eventually nabbed the streaming rights in a $10 million deal, the second biggest of the festival. Now Roadside Attractions will be taking over the theatrical distribution of the film, according to Variety, with a November 18th release.
The emotional drama stars Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler, a restrained handyman who is brought back to his hometown following the loss of a family member. But it's painful the memories of his former life, a past that remains loosely alluded to throughout the film, that continue to torment him. Manchester By the Sea, which also stars Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams, was easily one of the best films out of Sundance and got rapturous praise following its premiere, with many predicting it as an early Best Picture contender. It's of course way too soon to tell what next year's Academy Awards will look like, but either way, Lonergan's drama is one you won't want to miss.