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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange

A destination lieu for Ira Sachs dating back to 1994 when he showed his experimental short Lady, I’d be baffled if Love is Strange premieres elsewhere than Park City – the birthplace for his critically acclaimed The Delta (’97), Forty Shades of Blue (’05) and Keep the Lights On (’12). We have a trio of actors in Marisa Tomei, John Lithgow and Alfred Molina who are probably starved for such roles and I have no doubt will hit this out of the Eccles park. Shooting took place in NYC this past summer (here’s the production blog) on the contempo storyline.

Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, after 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment.

Production Co./Producers: Sachs, Parts and Labor’s Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Lucas Joaquin (Mother of George), Jayne Baron Sherman

Prediction: Premieres category showing.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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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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