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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #74. Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself

Life Itself

With all the intersecting ensemble threads promised for his sophomore film, hopefully Dan Fogelman will better manage the puzzles pieces as we weren’t entirely convinced he was able to fit it all in 2015’s Danny Collins where we mentioned that his return “to this hypertrophic mode of drama wherein potentially insurmountable life tragedies get mushed together to equal one big positive, though kernels of authentic emotions sometimes shine through the contrivances.” Returning to television gigs between features with Pitch and This Is Us, Fogelman’s Life Itself went into production at the beginning of 2017 “from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back” with a rom com that spans the decades. It’s when Amazon Studios outbid the other distributors with a 10M price tag where we officially took notice.

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Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Samuel L. Jackson, Olivia Cooke, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, Caitlin Carmichael and Laia Costa take part in a multi-generational love story, weaving together a number of characters whose lives intersect over the course of decades from the streets of New York to the Spanish countryside and back. This might work.

Release Date/Prediction: Amazon Studios will want to line this up for the fall film festival line-up.

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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