For those who simply can’t get enough of, or bypassed what a Cessna misadventure might look like with covert operations and covert opportunities seen in American Made, might want to subscribe to what Swedish helmer Jesper Ganslandt is offering. Technically his fifth feature film (Swedish language Jimmie, his sixth feature also rolls out next year), for those not in the know, the filmmaker is one of the bold Scandi voices – his sophomore film The Apepulverized the senses and his follow-up fiction offering inBlondie was pitifulness bliss. Shot in Savannah, Georgia last November, we’re thinking with a Daniel Radcliffe is the pilot’s seat, Beast of Burden, a Locke-like one physical space action-thriller might fancy a flight into Park City. Thesps Pablo Schreiber and Grace Gummer are co-pilots.
Gist: Written by Adam Hoelzel, Sean Haggerty (Radcliffe) only has an hour to deliver his illegal cargo. An hour to reassure a drug cartel, a hitman, and the DEA that nothing is wrong. An hour to make sure his wife survives. And he must do it all from the cockpit of his Cessna.
Production Co./Producers: MGMT Entertainment’s Paul Schiff and Michael Diamond (The Air I Breathe), Green-Light’s Chad Moore and Jeff Elliott.
Prediction: Premieres category. Berlin Film Fest also possible.
U.S. Distributor: Entertainment One. Lotus Entertainment (international)
Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and 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 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)