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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sebastián Silva’s Nasty Baby

The Chilean filmmaker locked two premieres at Sundance back in ’13 with Magic Magic and Crystal Fairy and later that fall, began lensing Nasty Baby with ’14 “it” actress Kristen Wiig (The Skeleton Twins played like gangbusters). Following in his eclectic, tongue-in-cheek, family-based narrative interests, such as in Crystal Fairy, Sebastián Silva moves once again in front of the camera for this Brooklyn-set adoption dramedy. Surprisingly, the U.S-Euro-Latin American co-production wasn’t part of the make-up of the 2014 film fest circuit, suggesting that Park City might be the perfect launching pad.

Gist: Set in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, this centers around a couple, Freddy (Sebastián Silva) and his boyfriend Mo (Tunde Adebimpe), who are trying to have a baby with the help of their best friend, Polly (Wiig). Freddy is an artist, and his latest work is all about babies – it’s clear he’s dying to be a father. Polly is a family practitioner who is more interested in having a baby than having a man.

Production Co./Producers: Killer Film’s Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa and Charlie Dibe, Fabula’s Pablo Larrain and Juan de Dios Larrain, Funny Balloons’ Peter Danner, Parts and Labor’s Julia Oh, Versatile’s Violaine Pichon and Sebastián Silva.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. UTA Independent Film Group (domestic rights). Funny Balloons and Versatile Films (international rights).

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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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