Oscar screeners: The Orchard sends ‘Christine,’ ‘Neruda,’ ‘Life, Animated’

While The Orchard is a fairly new player in the awards game, this distributor understands how important it is to get screeners in the hands of Oscar voters early in the season. To that end, it dispatched a package crammed full of five films at the end of last week. Among the titles are three in particular that are generating significant buzz: the biopic “Christine,” Chile’s entry for Foreign-Language Feature “Neruda” and the acclaimed documentary “Life, Animated.”

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During our recent interview, “Christine” star Rebecca Hall talked candidly about playing Florida news reporter Christine Chubbuck who, in 1974, shocked the world by committing suicide on live television after battling years of depression.  At Sunday’s Los Angeles Film Critics Association awards, Hall was runner-up for Best Actress to Isabelle Huppert (“Elle,” “Things to Come”).

In “Neruda,” Gael García Bernal plays the Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda who was pursued by authorities for espousing Communism. Helmer Pablo Larrain and Bernal had previously teamed on “No,” which vied at the Oscars in 2012. Larraín is also a strong Oscar contender this year for another biopic, “Jackie,” with Oscar champ Natalie Portman (“Black Swan,” 2010) as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy

Roger Ross Williams won Best Director (Documentary) at Sundance for “Life, Animated,” the story of an autistic boy who uses Disney animated films to express himself. Williams is already an Oscar champ having won Best Documentary Short in 2010 for his film “Music by Prudence.” “Life, Animated” is nominated for both Best Documentary Feature at the PGA Awards and the Audience Choice Prize with Cinema Eye Honors.

To date, 32 films have been delivered. Below, a list of these titles with the most recent first.

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Dec. 2: “Christine”
Dec. 2: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
Dec. 2: “Life, Animated”
Dec. 2: “The Music of Strangers”
Dec. 2: “Neruda”

Nov. 30: “The Dressmaker”
Nov. 30: “The Handmaiden”
Nov. 30: “Manchester by the Sea”

Nov. 23: “Trolls”

Nov. 21: “Finding Dory”

Nov. 18: “Deepwater Horizon”
Nov. 18: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Nov. 17: “Sully”

Nov. 15: “The Secret Life of Pets”
Nov. 15: “Sausage Party”

Nov. 14: “Captain America: Civil War”
Nov. 14: “The Jungle Book”
Nov. 14: “Zootopia”

Nov. 11: “The Birth of a Nation”

Nov. 9: “Hell or High Water”

Nov. 7: “Captain Fantastic”
Nov. 7: “Denial”
Nov. 7: “Eye in the Sky”

Nov. 1: “Cafe Society”
Nov. 1: “Love and Friendship”
Nov. 1: “The Neon Demon”

Oct. 18: “Long Way North”

Oct. 12: “Hello, My Name is Doris”

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Sept. 24: “I Saw the Light”
Sept. 24: “The Meddler”

Aug. 30: “Maggie’s Plan”
Aug. 30: “Miles Ahead”

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