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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Droz Palermo’s One & Two

Well versed in the nooks and crannies of the Missourian backdrop, for obvious reasons, the Midwestern state rooted Andrew Droz Palermo knows a thing or two about the casual barbarity of this unpopular indie film destinations. Filmed in North Carolina and with the environment informing his character set, the hopes, impulses and desires in the pinned down teenaged protagonists in his Park City award-winning docu feature debut Rich Hill might ostensibly exist in his feature debut, One & Two. Working alongside cinematographer Autumn Durald (featured in Variety), much like the probable working approach, this began production sans drawing attention to itself (filming began in the mid-summer months), this should have steadily been worked towards a Sundance berth. Sherman was a Producing Fellow with the project back in 2011, so perhaps much like the Rich Hill characters, Palermo can also dream big with back to back years at the fest.

Gist: Starring Kiernan Shipka, Timothée Chalamet, Grant Bowler and Elizabeth Reaser, written by Palermo & Neima Shahdadi, this is set at an isolated farmhouse, this is a look at the bond between siblings in an abusive and neglectful home, who learn to teleport. Siblings Zac and Eva begin to explore unusual abilities and dark family secrets when their mother falls ill.

Production Co./Producers: Bow + Arrow Ent.’s Kim Sherman (A Teacher, You’re Next), Matthew Perniciaro and Michael Sherman.

Prediction: It’s the size and scope (a strong aesthetic, non-professional set of young actors) of something we might find in the Next section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available: WME and Protagonist.

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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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