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2013 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jim Mickle’s We Are What We Are

Having steadily built his career in the genre with Mulberry Street (’06), Stake Land (’10), Jim Mickle is still treading the indie horror course and his third outing either falls into unnecessary remake category or in the “I didn’t think the remake of Let the Right One In would turn out the way it did.” We think it might be the latter and that the summer production will indeed be primed for a January film fest splash. Re-teaming with Kelly McGillis (Stake Land lead), perhaps the festival’s next “it” actress in Julia Garner (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Michael Parks who received tons of cred for Red State, and Ambyr Childers fresh off The Master, We Are What We Are will begin a long film festival life that will probably be a hit among buyers. Exclusive pic above: Jim Mickle on left, Nick Damici (co-writer and co-star) and Michael Parks on the right.

Gist: US remake of the Mexican horror film “Somos lo que Hay”, written by Nick Damici and Mickle, this is about a family with an uncontrollable taste for flesh. Frank, the father, owns the family’s failing trailer park business and, as a hobby, assembles antique watches in an old shed, from which muted sounds can be heard late at night. Emma, the mother, is a devout religious woman who carries the heavy burden of looking after her children in a small town struck by an economic crisis. And then there are the kids : little Rory has quite the imagination, constantly battling nightmares of monsters in the basement.Rose and Iris, the beautiful, blonde teenage girls, whose purity is preserved until they suddenly realize they need to continue the family tradition of the Lamb’s Feast, a gruesome ritual inherited from their ancestors, the first settlers…

Production Co./Producers: Uncorked Productions’ Andrew Corkin, Rodrigo Bellott, Nicholas Shumaker and Jack Turner

Prediction: Park City at Midnight

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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