‘The Young and Prodigious Spivet’ News

A few people have been asking where they can watch The Young and Prodigious Spivet and when it will be released on DVD/blu-ray. I did a little digging and found this on Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s official blog, dated 16th January 2014.

Sold worldwide, TS will only be on the screens in  [countries other than France] as of May. This is due to the fact that a contract was signed with the famous American distributor Harvey Weinstein, which prohibits other countries from releasing the film before the USA. This is called a “holdback”. And this is why Spivet could not participate in all the international festivals it was invited to. Fortunately, this “holdback” ends in May.

As for the American release, no date has been set yet.

Because of this “holdback” the DVD and Bluray versions will be released in June instead of January as originally planned, to prevent English-speaking spectators from buying it on the Internet before the cinema release in their own country.

They are going to be brilliant: 3D version, 2D version, with a bonus “making of” that is more than an hour long by Julien Lecat, who was responsible for the “making-of” for ‘Micmacs’ and ‘A Very Long Engagement’, commentary for cut scenes, and a paper version of the storyboard in certain boxed sets.

Helena Announced as Member of Holocaust Commission

To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day, David Cameron today announced the membership of the Holocaust Commission, who will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah. Other members include Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Natasha Kaplinsky, Michael Gove and Ed Balls.

The Commission, chaired by Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis, met today at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster to meet with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as ministers, parliamentarians, ambassadors, and civic and religious leaders.

I am very honoured to be asked to join this commission and do so in particular memory of those members of my family who died in the Holocaust and as an inherited responsibility to my grandfather who made a significant personal sacrifice to save hundreds of lives.

It is our generations’ legacy to create a living memory that will survive the survivors and forever remind future generations of the inhumanity man is capable of committing to its own kind

Helena’s grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón was honoured posthumously with the Righteous Among The Nations award in 2008 for facilitating the escape of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. Disobeying direct orders, he issued visas to refugees while serving as First Secretary of the Spanish Embassy.