Che, Steven Soderbergh's four-hour epic about the rise and fall of Che Guevara, has finally found a U.S. distributor. Despite the buzz around the film and its star Benicio Del Toro, who won the Best Actor prize for his performance as Guevara at last May's Cannes Film Festival, it wasn't until yesterday that IFC Films snapped up the North American distribution rights for the film.
Variety reports that Che will open in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week Oscar-qualifying run in December and will then expand to more cities (including Miami, hopefully) in January. It will also be available via IFC's video-on-demand service at the same time.
The fact that such a high-profile film ended up with such a tiny distributor implies the mixed response Che received at Cannes will translate to a tough sell at the box office. I suspect Del Toro's next picture, a remake of The Wolf Man, will be much more commercial. I mean, just look at that picture.
Meanwhile, Soderbergh has begun working on his next biopic - this one about the flamboyant pianist Liberace, with Michael Douglas in line to star.