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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Matthew Ross’ Frank and Lola


Will the real Matt Ross please stand up. Don’t be all that surprised if Matt Ross (28 Hotel Rooms, Captain Fantastic) and Matthew Ross wind up on the same Park City foothills this January. The former Filmmaker Mag and Variety writer who moved away from writing about other folk’s films, commenced lensing on his feature debut back in February. With a handful of short film projects (Lola, Red Angel and Curtis and Clover) under his belt, the proposed rom thriller of Frank and Lola features Michael Shannon and Imogen Poots in the top spots with Michael Nyqvist, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette and French actress Emmanuelle Devos as supporting players. A sort of what would happen if you pissed off Anthony Bourdain revenge pic, this is indeed ready as it recently participated in the 2015 Sundance Institute Music and Sound Design Lab: Feature Film this past July and the cherry on the sundae is that Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans provided the film’s score.

Gist: On Halloween night, Frank (Shannon), a chef at a Las Vegas restaurant, falls in love with Lola (Poots), a mysterious girl who’s new in town. Betrayal, then forgiveness, soon follow. But the damage has been done, as Frank’s obsession soon leads him to Paris, and revenge.

Production Co./Producers: Parts and Labor’s Jay Van Hoy and Lars Knudsen (American Honey), John Baker (Memphis) and Chris Ramirez (Viena and the Fantomes). Executive producers: Preferred Content and Killer Films.

Prediction: Park City at Midnight.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. CAA and WME Global (domestic). Arclight Films (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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