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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jeff Nichols’ Mud

It’s hard to believe that it has yet to have landed a U.S premiere since its debut (see reactions here) at the Cannes Film Festival last May and seeing that North American distributors Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions haven’t shown Jeff Nichols’ Mud at Telluride, TIFF and/or NYFF, so Sundance could perhaps be in the cards seeing that Take Shelter, Nichols’ sophomore film premiered at the fest. No theatrical release date has been fixed.

Gist: This is the story of the titular character (McConaughey), a fugitive who befriends two teens in his efforts to escape the law and reunite with his lover (Witherspoon).

Production Co./Producers: Everest’s Lisa Maria Falcone, FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Sarah Green.

Prediction: Spotlight Section

U.S. Distributor: Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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