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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 IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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