1997 Sundance Film Festival Diaries
Day Seven: Distribution Deals in the Works
PARK CITY, Utah - Wednesday, January 22.
At 9am, Tom Di Cillo and his wife Jane are at Claimjumper for the first
of the day's interviews. My eye is drawn to a 2-column boxed headline on
the front page of today's "Daily Variety", which I just picked
up. It says, "Trimark catches 'Moonlight'".
I look at the two of them, standing by the window. Jane is smiling, Tom's
features are composed. His eyes are the giveaway.
"Should I read it?"
"Go ahead," says Di Cillo, cool as blue ice.
"I don't see how any one could make a deal at the Grappa," I say,
reading, "when the place was so packed you couldn't even move, let
The Grappa is an old-world country-style Italian restaurant where Lakehouse
Entertainment hosted a hot party after the Egyptian Theatre screening.
"It happened in the lobby right after the screening," Di Cillo
said. "Mind you, I've been working on it for a year."
The audience at Tuesday's screening of Di Cillo's "Box of Moonlight",
(attended, according to one source, by 6 people from the New York Times,)
was quick off the mark responding to every bit of the the film's humor.
Laughter sends a loud and clear signal.
Di Cillo's story, set in rural Tennessee, is about Al Fountain (John Turturro),
an electrical engineer away from home on a job who finds himself with some
time on his hands. A fanatical clockwatcher - his wife jokes that she can
set her watch by his calls - his obsessive work habits and mindset make
him increasingly estranged from his family and his co-workers.
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