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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer

We predicted Snowpiercer would break into Cannes of 2013. That didn’t happen. We began to think about Toronto….and nope. Normally we would never associate Park City with a film that had a production budget that tallies up to the production budget of say….ten year’s worth of NEXT film selections combined, but seeing that there has been loads of positive press, and there is a badly needed window of opportunity left for a North American premiere this might be great timing for South Korea’s box-office favorite to unveil on U.S soil, plus there might be a chance that the final edit would have finally been approved by both parties. Bong Joon-ho might not have been at the fest as a director, but he has a connection with the fest as the writer on Park Ki-Yong’s Motel Cactus (’98) and was invited as a jury member for the 2011 edition. Chris Evans, Song Kangho, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ewen Brewmner, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ed Harris star.

Gist: Based on the French graphic novel “Le Transperceneige,” is set in a future where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snow Piercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. A class system evolves on the train but a revolution brews.

Production Co./Producers: Tae-sung Jeong, Tae-hun Lee, Steven Nam and Park Chan-wook

Prediction: Premieres Category

U.S. Distributor: Weinstein Co.

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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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