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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Carney’s Can A Song Save Your Life?

His 2006 true-life fairytale swooned Sundance audiences picking up the Audience Award World Cinema – Dramatic Competition and then Best Song at the Oscars. Once filmmaker John Carney has made a pair of films since in 2009’s Zonad and 2012’s The Rafters, but we think that despite the budget and the fact that with post-prod began in August, that with a return to a strong musical element and a cast that includes a mixture of established indie vets and singers (Sundance does have an appreciation for films that bring in musical talents), Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo (see set-pic above), Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Cee-Lo and James Corden, that there might be a window of opportunity to include Can A Song Save Your Life? to the Premieres line-up. Tech crew includes Cinematographer Yaron Orbach (Please Give) and Production Designer Chad Keith (At Any Price).

Gist: Seduced by dreams of making it in the big city, Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend move to New York to pursue their passion for music. She’s heartbroken when he dumps her for the fame and fortune of a big solo contract, leaving Gretta all on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo) stumbles upon her singing in a local bar and is immediately captivated by her raw talent and inspiring authenticity – they may be each other’s last chance to turn their lives around. Somewhere between friendship and their love of music, the two strangers strike a chord that captures the hearts of everyone around them, proving that every great story has its own soundtrack.

Production Co./Producers: Exclusive Media Group’s Tobin Armbrust and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman

Prediction: Premieres Program but might end up at a fest like TIFF.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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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