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Stand Out From the Competition; Alexia Landeau Toplines Zoe Cassavetes’ “Day Out Of Days”

While still an active member of what I would call a French-U.S galpal filmmaker clique, the name of Zoe Cassavetes has painfully been absent from the indie scene since her feature film debut Broken English (2007) landed in Park City. Working with the ageism theme, more specifically, the drawbacks of working as an actress in/against/for the Hollywood system that were recently touched upon in Olivier Assayas’ Sils Maria and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Cassavetes muse and co-writer Alexia Landeau (also featured in sister Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned) has according to the Deadline folks toplined  Cassavetes’ sophomore film. Melanie Griffith, Eddie Izzard, Cheyenne Jackson, Vincent Kartheiser, Alessandro Nivola, Brooke Smith and Bellamy Young also star in the pic that went went into production last month. Produced by Gina Kwon (The Future) and Kate Roughan, look for Day Out Of Days to have a Sundance berth.

Gist: This is about a once well-known actress who struggles to maintain her sanity and dignity in the obstacle course known as Hollywood. Mia Roarke (Landeau) is an actress quickly approaching 40. She’s had her moment in the spotlight and now struggles to get back to where she once was. Or anywhere. Mia can’t catch a break, and in the cutthroat world of The Business, Mia is her own worst enemy. Eddie Izzard plays an European film director.

Worth Noting: Landeau toplined Zoe Cassavetes’ 2000 short, Men Make Women Crazy Theory.

Do We Care?: For anyone who caught Alexia Landeau’s blasted performance in

Cassavetes’ highly likeable Broken English and Landeau’s comedic writing in the nutty-flavored, unpredictable 2 Days in New York (Julie Delpy) could mermorable A project that received a good round of funding

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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