2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Ross Perry’s Listen Up Philip

Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip

Production began in September, and post in October, so for Alex Ross Perry’s third feature film to be ready, he’ll have to had superpowers. Thankfully he has multi-tasker David Lowery to give him editing room pep talks. Significantly higher in budget than his micro budgeted Impolex (2009) and The Color Wheel (2011) put together, if included at the festival, Listen Up Philip holds the most eclectic ensemble of television people, indie starlets, the coolest Coppola and the wimpy man in Glengarry Glen Ross: Krysten Ritter, Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, Jonathan Pryce, Dree Hemingway, Joséphine de La Baume and Kate Lyn Sheil.

Gist: The New York-set indie follows newly accomplished writer Philip (Schwartzman) and those affected by his poor decisions — in particular his successful art-photographer girlfriend Ashley (Moss).

Production Co./Producers: Washington Square Films’ Joshua Blum (Francine), Sailor Bear’s Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston & David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints)

Prediction: This should be a high value item in the U.S. Dramatic Competition.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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)