Monday, February 2, 2009

Oprah gives a little "Push"

It was the film that Sundance festivalgoers couldn't stop talking about it. Push: Based on the novel by Sapphire is the difficult, bleak film by Lee Daniels that swept up three awards at this year's festival. Despite its winnings the film ended Sundance without a distribution deal, but the search has now ended with Lionsgate picking up the rights.

The film tells the story of 16-year-old Precious is pregnant with her second child -- both by her father -- and dealing with an abusive mother who only wants her around so that the welfare checks continue to come.

Push won both the Grand Jury and Audience Awards for U.S. Dramatic films as well as a special acting award for Mo'Nique, who plays the abusive mother. Having seen the film, I can tell you that the comedianne deserved her award.

Lionsgate, which previously released the Daniels' produced Monster's Ball a few years, are teaming up with Oprah's Harpo Production and Tyler Perry's 34th Street Films to support the film. No release date has been set for the film.

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