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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers

With a smartly devised spring release date set, Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers has already broken out in 2012 with showings at Venice and Toronto, but it hasn’t yet shown on his home turf. Prod Co. Annapurna Pictures made the pic their first acquisition for distribution (they just partnered with A24 Films) and will be looking to make a splash to generate buzz so while chances are low for a Sundance showing, we think this could be included in the Spotlight section.

Gist: Brit (Ashley Benson), Candy (Vanessa Hudgens), Cotty (Rachel Korine) and Faith (Selena Gomez) have been best friends since grade school. They live together in a boring college dorm and are hungry for adventure. All they have to do is save enough money for spring break to get their shot at having some real fun. A serendipitous encounter with rapper “Alien” (James Franco) promises to provide the girls with all the thrill and excitement they could hope for. With the encouragement of their new friend, it soon becomes unclear how far the girls are willing to go to experience a spring break they will never forget.

Production Co./Producers: Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Jordan Gertner, Chris Hanley, David Zander

Prediction: Spotlight section

U.S. Distributor: A24 Films

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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