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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Diane Bell’s Shiva and May

Working from a deeply original aperture, you couldn’t ask for a better calling card with the iconoclastic look into the species. Diane Bell’s debut film was a double winner at Sundance (Alfred P. Sloan Prize and Excellence in Cinematography Award Dramatic) the year that Winter’s Bone won the Grand Jury Prize. While Obselidia garnered fanfare back in 2010, her sophomore film will likely receive more curious onlookers due to the titular pairing of Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet who’ll be technically breaking out in film with this item. Re-teaming with dp Zak Mulligan, lensing began back in October of 2013 on Shiva and May and since it bypassed all film fests in 2014, there is no doubt that this Girls friendly item will have been among the most earliest submissions sent to the Park City folks.

Gist: Yoga teacher May (Jessica Biel) lives a peaceful, orderly life with her boyfriend Dex (Edi Gathegi) and they are about to fulfill their dream of opening a yoga-based health center. She finds herself behaving in ways she never imagined in an effort to protect her newly discovered sister Shiva (Zosia Mamet), who is a sex worker, from a less-than-savory boyfriend (Joe Anderson).

Production Co./Producers: Super Crispy Films’ Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling (Breathe In), Manage-ment’s Dan Halsted, Greg Ammon.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Insert (domestic). Insert (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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