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‘August: Osage County’ premieres at Toronto Film Festival

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
‘August: Osage County’ premieres at Toronto Film Festival

“August: Osage County” garnered several positive reviews following its recent world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, a popular launching pad for Academy Award hopefuls.

Categorized as a dark comedy/drama, the film adapts the acclaimed play by native Tulsan Tracy Letts. The original play — which won Tony Awards, as well as Pulitzer Prize — is about a tumultuous and dysfunctional family whose members come together following the disappearance of its alcoholic patriarch.

Shot on location in and around Pawhuska, it is scheduled for a nationwide release on Christmas Day. (The original release date was Nov. 8, 2013.) Filming took place between mid-October and December 2012.

Much of the filming was done inside an existing Osage County house purchased by the movie production company. Scenes also were shot in Bartlesville, Barnsdall and Pawhuska, in addition to Southern California.

“August: Osage County” stars an ensemble cast led by Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor and Chris Cooper.

The film, which is expected to be an Oscar contender, also features Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Julianne Nicholson, Misty Upham and Abigail Breslin.

The movie was directed by John Wells and produced by George Clooney, Harvey Weinstein, Jean Doumanian, Grant Heslov and Steve Traxler.

Distributor for the film will be the Weinstein Company.