Emmy nominees to watch before the ceremony: HBO's 'The Tale'

Emmy nominees to watch before the ceremony: HBO's 'The Tale'

We end this week’s look at Emmy nominees that you might have missed with HBO’s “The Tale,” starring Laura Dern as real-life documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox, who recovers a traumatic childhood memory, shard by jagged shard. “The Tale,” streaming on HBOGo, is impossible to watch, impossible not to, and if that seems like contradictory viewing counsel, then take it in the spirit intended....

Laura Dern sexual abuse drama The Tale gets HBO premiere date

Laura Dern sexual abuse drama The Tale gets HBO premiere date

The Tale will be told this summer.

HBO announced Monday the Laura Dern-starring Sundance breakout - which it acquired out of the Park City, Utah festival for a reported $7 million in January - will premiere Saturday, May 26 at 8 p.m. ET on the subscription network. It also debuted a short trailer for the project teasing roughly 15 seconds of footage.

Sundance: Laura Dern Drama 'The Tale' Nabbed By HBO Films

Sundance: Laura Dern Drama 'The Tale' Nabbed By HBO Films

A source pegged the deal at $7 million, which makes the film one of the biggest price tags of the festival (only Neon/AGBO's Assassination Nation eclipsed that at just north of $10 million). It was an interesting move for HBO, which almost never picks up a finished narrative feature, opting for homegrown fare instead (HBO does acquire finished documentaries).

'The Tale' A Visionary Portrait Of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Is 2018s First Great Movie

'The Tale' A Visionary Portrait Of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Is 2018s First Great Movie

“The Tale,” a provocative Laura Dern movie about sexual power dynamics, premiered to a standing ovation. Three days into the festival, it’s by far the standout jewel ― an absorbing, articulate capsule that underscores the dynamics unfolding in the days of #MeToo....

WeatherVane Productions' "The Tale" set to premiere at Sundance 2018

WeatherVane Productions' "The Tale" set to premiere at Sundance 2018

The Tale (Director and screenwriter: Jennifer Fox, Producers: Oren Moverman, Lawrence Inglee, Laura Rister, Mynette Louie, Sol Bondy, Simone Pero) — An investigation into one woman’s memory as she‘s forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive; based on the filmmaker’s own story. Cast: Laura Dern, Isabel Nelisse, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki, Ellen Burstyn, Common.

WeatherVane's Ashley Judd's Fact-Based Human Trafficking Film Sets United Nations Premiere

WeatherVane's Ashley Judd's Fact-Based Human Trafficking Film Sets United Nations Premiere

Inspired by real characters from the award-winning book “Sex Trafficking” by Harvard professor Siddharth Kara, Will Wallace’s “Trafficked” follows a trio of intertwining stories about young women forced into the world of human, organ, drug, and gun trafficking. The film focuses on three girls — from America, Nigeria, and India — who, though horrific experiences in the trafficking world, end up as sex slaves in a Texas brothel.

CERTIFIED FRESH ROTTEN TOMATOES.... 92% Fresh

CERTIFIED FRESH ROTTEN TOMATOES.... 92% Fresh

"It is grounded, and made most exemplary, by Cynthia Nixon's performance."

Glenn Kenny

"A Quiet Passion" and "The Fate of The Furious"

"A Quiet Passion" and "The Fate of The Furious"

“A Quiet Passion” is wittier, in its early stretches, than anyone might have foreseen, but it’s when the door closes, and the Dickinsons are alone with their trepidations, that the movie draws near to its rightful severity."