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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ido Fluk’s The Ticket

With a small body of work including his low-budgeted directorial debut (Never Too Late) which orbited around the Fribourg and Edinburgh Film Festivals and garnered some buzz (insider industry type), the Israeli-born/NYC-based/Tisch grad helmer Ido Fluk managed to lasso one of the hot ticket actors of this past Sundance edition in The Guest star, Dan Stevens. Fluk’s sophomore feature gig also includes Malin Akerman, Kerry Bishé, and Oliver Platt (who we should add, is about to have an incredible 2015). Fluk co-wrote The Confines (another presumed 2015 title) and began filming on The Ticket this past August in upstate New York. So technically they’ll have had to package a rough cut if submitted the film to Sundance, and worth noting is two key ingredients: filmmaker Oren Moverman, is the film’s producer and on the tech side, we find camera work of Zachary Galler, who showed his skillset in Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker (out next week).

Gist: Written by Fluk and Sharon Mashishi, this follows a blind man who regains his sight — only to be blinded emotionally by his obsession with the superficial. Bishe plays Dana Stevens’ co-worker and mistress.

Production Co./Producers: Lightstream Pictures’ Lawrence Inglee (Time Out of Mind) and Oren Moverman

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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

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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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