iTUNES & ON DEMAND AUGUST 1, IN THEATERS AUGUST 30
In response to multiple queries on its Facebook page asking when Passion will be released, eOne responded yesterday that De Palma's latest will be "available on iTunes and On Demand August 1st and in theatres August 30th." Then, today, they posted an "attention" to De Palma fans with the same information. So it looks like Passion will be available to watch on TV screens prior to its theatrical release, which makes it a good example of a trend that Deadline's Pete Hammond wrote about today, noting that an HBO movie (Steven Soderbergh's Behind The Candelabra) and a VOD movie (Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives) are both competing for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, happening now. Soderbergh's film premieres on HBO this Sunday, while Refn's film will be released on VOD and in theaters at the same time ("day and date") on July 19. It seems likely that Passion will be a limited theater release, similar to other films that have been released On Demand prior to theatrical. But it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Meanwhile, there is a new Passion video, in English, with some extended scenes, at Entania, although it doesn't seem to be available to watch in America. (Thanks to Patrick!)