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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young

It landed at the Toronto Int. Film Festival and already had a NYFF playdate in place before A24 films plunked down 4 million on the title. Where does Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young figure in indie distribs’ short or long term plans? Starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried, and Charles Grodin, our Jordan M. Smith called the dramedy a “running social portraiture has never been as broadly conventional in his humor,” this doesn’t have a long shelf life and looks like a Spring ’15 item. Conceivably this could go the Locke route, with a TIFF in September showing, followed by a Spotlight section at Sundance in January plan. And if by some film god miracle Baumbach’s other untitled film makes its world premiere, then it would be a fitting double dose from the filmmaker who has only made one appearance at the fest with Directing Award Dramatic and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award winner The Squid and the Whale in 2005.

Gist: Uptight New York documentary filmmaker Josh Srebnick (Ben Stiller) has hit a creative dry patch while working on his cerebral new film until him and his wife (Naomi Watts) are approached by a couple of spontaneous young artists (Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried) who help to restore Josh’s long-lost youth.

Production Co./Producers: Scott Rudin, Noah Baumbach, Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush

Prediction: Spotlight section

U.S. Distributor: A24 Films.

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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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