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Soul to Squeeze: Cinelicious Pics Fight for John Magary’s “The Mend”

The micro label behind pick ups such as Anurag Kashyap’s opus Gangs of Wasseypur and Josephine Decker’s first pair of films have wrestled down John Magary‘s feature debut. Cinelicious Pics will be presenting The Mend as a day and date release with David Gordon Green’s name officially wrapped around the title as presenter.

Gist: Starring Josh Lucas and Stephen Plunkett as brothers Mat and Alan, respectively, the film follows the pair as they reunite just as Alan leaves on a long-planned vacation with his girlfriend, Farrah. But when Alan returns home earlier than planned to find Mat, Mat’s girlfriend and her son have commandeered his apartment, tensions rise and a mystery emerges: why has Alan returned without Farrah?

Worth Noting: Josh Lucas starred David Gordon Green’s menacing and paint-eating thriller, Undertow.

Do We Care?: Selected in last year’s SXSW Narrative Comp, THR mentioned that this disheveled debut “should hold its own in an art house run and generate interest in the writer-director”. We’ll be looking out for it.

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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