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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Miguel Calderón’s Zeus

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And finally, the last profile in our 75 film predictions list comes from our favorite sort of hodge-podge type filmmaker and while his name might not be familiar for those not in the know, the entire cinephile populous have seen his work. With a background in multiple mediums (photography, video and novel writing) Mexico City residing filmmaker Miguel Calderón saw his work featured in Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums (he conceived the paintings that are littered in select backdrops). The exotic bird handling facet in Anderson’s film might have influenced Calderón with the feature debut project he brought to both Sundance Institute’s premiere labs (the 2013 January Screenwriters Lab and 2013 June Directors Lab respectively). With Halley cinematographer Matias Penachino on board, production was completed in April and in it’s unfinished form, Zeus was presented this past October as part of the 13th Morelia Int’l Film Festival in the works-in-progress showcase.

Gist: Sporadically employed and still living with his successful neurosurgeon mother, Joel finds his only joy in falconry in the flatlands outside Mexico City, until an encounter with a down-to-earth secretary forces him to face reality.

Production Co./Producers: Cinepantera’s Jaime B Ramos and Christian Valdelièvre (Club Sandwich)

Prediction: World Dramatic Comp with a probable showing at Rotterdam or Berlin right after.

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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