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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Alex Gibney’s The Road Back

No stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, over the recent years, Alex Gibney has premiered Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Sundance ’05), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (Sundance ’08), and CASINO JACK and the United States of Money (Sundance ’10). Currently on tap, Gibney has four projects – Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream, Finding Fela!, an untitled WikiLeaks Doc, and is producing an untitled Eagles Project (visit his site), but we think the one docu (recently updated by IndieWIRE’s Anne Thompson to be in the final stages of completion) that we might see next is Lance Armstrong: The Road Back, which is currently in need of a new title and perhaps a different climax than the one that was originally anticipated.

Gist: This is an exposition of cyclist Lance Armstrong as he trains for his eighth Tour de France victory.

Production Co./Producers: Alex Gibney

Prediction: Documentary Premieres and surely a showing in Cannes.

U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics.

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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