Michael Moore Cancels Trip To Berlin Film Festival To Promote ‘Where To Invade Next’

Michael Moore Cancels Trip Berlin Film
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BERLIN – Michael Moore has cancelled his trip to the Berlin Film Festival where his documentary “Where To Invade Next” is having its European premiere as an out-of-competition gala today (Feb. 17).

A terse statement said the director “had been greatly looking forward to attending the Berlinale” and thanked his fans “for their ongoing support of the project” without giving any reason for Moore not showing up to support it himself.

It is known however that Moore, who has always been a powerhouse promoter of his films, was hospitalised earlier this month with pneumonia and forced to cancel a 50-state tour in the U.S. to promote the doc as well as appearances on Conan and Real Time With Bill Maher.

Fans have been asking Moore on his Facebook page how his recovery is going. Last week he posted on Facebook: “Trying to get back to just breathing is enough of a burden.”

“Where to Invade,” which is his Moore’s first film in six years, compares European countries’ approaches to healthcare, gun control and education with the way the U.S. tackles those issues.

Pic opened across 308 cinemas in the U.S. last weekend via Drafthouse through former Radius-TWC executives Tom Quinn and Jason Janego and Alamo Drafthouse chief executive Tim League. “Invade” grossed a reported  $897,034 three-day opening which amounts to a below par screen average bow for Moore. Reviews have been mixed.

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  1. Beth Cafagna says:

    Looking FWD to seeing the film tomorrow. I took the on-line pledge to see the film and talk it up to my friends, because Moore is too ill to make his promotional tour. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s trying to help his hometown, Flint, MI, recover from the worst health scandal in history (contaminated drinking water for many months). This is what happens when “Emergency Managers” are sent into poor cities (mostly minorities live in poor cities), and told by the Governor to “Cut Costs.”

  2. GKN says:

    Indeed, have not yet encountered any “mixed reviews.” Most agree with Ms. Seaton below.

  3. linda seaton says:

    this film is Moore’s Triumph !!!

    media (the financial establishment), does not want the public seeing this expose. believe me.

    It is brilliant !

    his best !

    why?

    you’ll see !

    Moore has grown.

    You will LOVE this film !

  4. A Reader says:

    There are a few big typos in this story, Variety. I know there isn’t as much importance placed on copyeditors today but someone should be checking stories before they’re posted publicly. No?

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