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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marialy Rivas’ La Princesita


Home to about seventeen million folks, the nation of Chile and more specifically its filmmakers are super well served by Park City programmers. While we have the Sebastián Silvas and Larraíns leading the charge, this hotbed country includes provocative, genre-bending, unique perspectives from a peer countryman/women. In 2012, Marialy Rivas was part of that wave with her grab them by the balls dramedy Young And Wild which would go onto win the World Dramatic Cinema Screenwriting Award. She surfaced for a special project, mini film Melody was part of the Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge. Production on third feature began earlier this year. Since then, she took La Princesita to the 2015 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab: Feature Film this July and this past September Rivas brought an unfinished copy to San Sebastian’s Films in Progress pix-in-post competition. Inspired by true events, this stars Sara Caballero, Marcelo Alonso, Maria Gracia Omegna and Stefano Mardones. The trailer recently dropped and it’ll be another item we can categorize as “disquieting”.

Gist: Written by Camila Gutiérrez and Rivas, the leader of religious cult has one single purpose and belief: a new order is necessary, and 12-year-old Tamara is the one responsible for procreating the leaders of the new world. Tamara shall earn her freedom in a way she never imagined.

Production Co./Producers: Fabula’s Juan de Dios Larraín and Pablo Larraín (The Club).

Prediction: Sundance World Dramatic Comp with Rotterdam and Berlin fighting to get it within their line-ups.

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, 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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