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Nor’easter Retreat: Scoot McNairy, Jack Reynor & Emily Browning Check In to Lance Edmands’ “Brightwater”

Nor’easter Retreat: Scoot McNairy, Jack Reynor & Emily Browning Check In to Lance Edmands’ “Brightwater”

Lance Edmands is finally set to direct his sophomore feature and he’ll have Scoot McNairy, Jack Reynor and Emily Browning‘s moral compasses all misaligned in a L‘Avventura-esque land drama. Deadline don’t give deets on the production start date for Brightwater, but we imagine that this is a summer shoot in Edmands’ beloved Maine. This is produced by Symbolic Exchange’s Joe Pirro and Alex Lipschultz (see our Sundance trading card profile), and James Schamus is joined by Stephen Kelliher and Sophie Green as executive producers. We’re big fans of Edmands’ 2013 debut, Bluebird (read review) — an ensemble drama submerged in collective despondency. That filmed was lensed by Jody Lee Lipes and scored by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans.

This is about a big-city architect travel to an isolated Maine island with plans to build a sprawling luxury resort, but when his girlfriend mysteriously vanishes, he embarks on a desperate search across the unforgiving landscape and into his own psyche.

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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