2017 Sundance Trading Card Series: #3. Alex Lipschultz (Menashe)


alex-FRONTEric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2016 discoveries”…
Alex Lipschultz: THE WITCH, TONI ERDMANN and THE LOBSTER were all quite brilliant.

Lavallee: With Menashe, you perform double duty. What was your contribution in shaping the original screenplay?
Lipschultz: I’ve typically been a fairly hands-on, creative producer. At a certain point the logical next step seemed to be just putting pen to paper to shape a story and write a screenplay. I certainly never expected that the first movie I’d write would be in Yiddish, but there you have it.

Lavallee: A remarkable feat, this is your fifth straight film & year attending the fest as a producer. In your opinion, what is the secret sauce to having your film selected for Sundance?
Lipschultz: Decent taste, hard work and dumb luck. I’m a pretty harsh critic of anything I’ve worked on and I genuinely never expect that these movies will be selected by the festival. It’s been an extraordinarily pleasant surprise getting each new invitation to screen the films in Park City.


Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)