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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jenee LaMarque’s The Pretty One

Jenee LaMarque (profile pic above) got her first taste of Park City this past January with with her short film, Spoonful. She might be back one year to the date with we her Black List (2011) feature film debut – which falls into the Sundance archetype (smart and quirky screenplay, indie star pairing, previous and very recent Sundance experience). Starring Zoe Kazan, Jake Johnson and Ron Livingston, production on The Pretty One began in June in Los Angeles, so this should technically be ready for a January fest debut.

Gist: This is about an awkward but loveable young woman who is mistaken for her dead “perfect” identical twin, and seizes the chance to masquerade as her sister. But when she falls in love with her twin’s eccentric next door neighbor, she finds herself wanting to live her own imperfect life, and have the truth come out. The film’s being financed by private equity.

Production Co./Producers: RCR Pictures’ Robin Schorr and Steven J. Berger’s Provenance Pictures

Prediction: Premieres section

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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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