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Sarasota Groves: The Orchard Picks Campos’ Christine From Sundance Tree

After making a run with Josh Mond’s James White, and less than a day after picking up the docu Life, Animated, Variety reports that The Orchard have reteamed with the Borderline Films folk on the Sundance preemed Christine – Antonio Campos’ third feature film. With a stellar perf from Rebecca Hall, we imagine the company will look to premiere the film at major film fests prior to an awards-friendly theatrical release date later this year.

Gist: Based on true events, ‘Christine’ is about an ambitious 29-year-old news reporter (Hall), in Sarasota, Florida, circa 1974. Relentlessly motivated to succeed, she knows she has talent, but being a driven career woman in the 1970s comes with its own challenges, especially when competition for a promotion, unrequited love for a coworker (Michael C. Hall) and a tumultuous home life lead to a dissolution of self. With ratings in the cellar, the station manager issues a mandate to deliver juicier and more exploitative stories, a story firmly at odds with Christine’s serious brand of issue-based journalism. To accomplish her goals, she must overcome her self-doubt and give the people what they want.

Worth NotingCraig Shilowich who wrote the original screenplay, is the producer on the Benjamin Dickinson’s Creative Control (03.11)

Do We Care?: The best film to come out of the U.S. Dramatic Comp section, this was our (Bell/Lavallee) number 2 pick of the fest.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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