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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Zoe Cassavetes’ Day Out of Days

It’s not uncommon to see a filmmaker essentially break out with a hit film (in baseball lingo this wasn’t a home run, but an ernest double) at Sundance, and then, for a multitude of reasons both known or unknown, not strike while the iron is hot. Her Frenchie-Americano rom com featuring quintessential indie starlet Parker Posey was with all its warts and quirks played excellently for a certain demographic and midway this year, she queued up a sophomore film that is a little more grown-up. Featuring Alexia Landeau in the lead with a cast that includes Cheyenne Jackson, Eddie Izzard, Melanie Griffith, Bellamy Young, Vincent Kartheiser, Ione Skye, Alessandro Nivola and Brooke Smith, Day out of Days received some coin in late 2013, and could follow the path to Sundance as her short Men Make Women Crazy Theory (2000) and Broken English before it. Look for a pragmatic and potentially poisonous take on West Coastin folk.

Gist: This is about a once well-known actress who struggles to maintain her sanity and dignity in the obstacle course known as Hollywood. Mia Roarke (Landeau) is an actress quickly approaching 40. She’s had her moment in the spotlight and now struggles to get back to where she once was. Or anywhere. Mia can’t catch a break, and in the cutthroat world of The Business, Mia is her own worst enemy. Eddie Izzard plays an European film director.

Production Co./Producers: Zoe Cassavetes, Gina Kwon (Camp X-Ray), Kate Roughan (You’re Gonna Miss Me)

Prediction: Prospects look good for U.S. Dramatic Competition or Premieres category showing.

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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