One of the unlikely mainstays of the season, since its world premiere as the opening night presentation of the Cannes Film Festival in May, has been Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom." The filmmaker's (lucky) seventh feature has generated plenty of awards season love and critical approval, picking up Independent Spirit Award nominations, a Gotham Awards trophy and critics awards recognition, and it appears likely to bring him his second Oscar nomination to date as screenwriter.
On a brief call before being whisked away on a location scout, Anderson speaks of these kinds of things as a crap shoot. "You spend all this time working on the thing and you do your best and you have absolutely no idea how it's going to go over," he says. "I've had the experience of thinking, 'This one might really land with an audience,' and then suddenly 'x' number of days after it comes out we realize, 'Well, this is not going to happen this time.' I've had movies where it did really well in the limited release and you go from 75 screens to 300 and by Saturday morning you know, 'Well, that's the end of it for this one. This is about where this one's going to top out.' It's so much more fun to have a kind of good following for it. But it shouldn't really be the end-all. You better be doing it because you love the movie yourself or you're signing on for an extremely risky life."