Olivier Assayas’ Carlos Heading To The Criterion Collection In 2011

With the partnership between IFC Entertainment and the Criterion Collection seeming to flourish, giving us releases of Hunger, Che, Gomorrah and the upcoming Fish Tank, one of the most talked about films from 2010 will continue this partnership in the new year.

The Playlist recently spoke with President of IFC Entertainment, Jonathan Shering, who revealed that Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours) will return to the collection with his latest film, Carlos.

Carlos will hit the collection in 2011, and will be available in both the theatrical edit of the film, and the extended, five-and-a-half TV cut, originally aired on French television.   For those who may not know, the film is a biopic looking at the life of infamous terrorist Carlos The Jackal, and features a lead performance from Edgar Ramirez that has become one of the most talked about lead roles of the year.

While I haven’t been able to see the film yet, it’s been on many year-end top 10 lists, including topping that very list for Film Comment.   Personally, this is welcome, if not all that shocking addition to the Collection.   It’s absolutely a film worthy of the Criterion ‘C’, and with Assayas being a director previously featured in the Collection, it is a great addition.   Hopefully this isn’t the last we’ll see of Assayas with regards to the Criterion Collection.

What do you think?

Check out stills, the poster designed by Sam’s Myth, and the trailer for Carlos

Source: The Playlist

Joshua Brunsting

Josh is a critic, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.


  • First, that poster by Sam’s Myth is absolutely fantastic. I haven’t even seen the movie yet, and I want one. I had to miss the five-hour-plus version when it played theaters, but I’m really excited that it’s coming to the Criterion Collection, although there is that twinge of disappointment that RED RIDING isn’t on Criterion yet.