Guess who’s turning 10? Joe Swanberg has had a “fire” in his belly for, give or take a decade, and his latest in the interpersonal thread was shot in April and appears ripe for another double-billing in January-set Sundance and March SXSW fests. It may also be, his most sophisticated film to date. Moving from the Sundance featured, shot on 16mm Happy Christmas, Swanberg adds to his nucleus of players and reteams with cinematographer Ben Richardson for Digging for Fire. Shot on handsomely old-school 35mm, Swanberg has built himself an all-star team here with first line players Jake Johnson (who co-writes and produces) and Rosemarie DeWitt with a spoonful of supporting and minor bits from the likes of Sam Rockwell, Brie Larson, Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Jenny Slate, Mike Birbiglia, Chris Messina, Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Jane Adams and Tom Bower.
Gist: Co-written by Swanberg and Johnson, this is a relationship dramedy about a husband (Jake Johnson) and wife (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their attempts to both build a family and make a long-term relationship interesting.
Production Co./Producers: Swanberg, Walcott Company’s Jake Johnson and Alicia Van Couvering (Nobody Walks)
Prediction: Premieres category — with many distrib players fighting for rights within the first 24 hours. The Eccles will be buzzing.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Producers Swanberg/Van Couvering (domestic). TBD (international)
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