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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicolas Pesce’s The Eyes of My Mother

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Supported by the same folks who brought us Mona Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker (Sundance 2014) and accompanied by the Borderline Films crew (who need no introduction on this site but what is worth the mention is how extremely productive they are beyond their own back-to-back features (James White and Christine) first-time filmmaker Nicolas Pesce is well versed in the art of eye candy (this year’s clip for Tei Shi’s Bassically is addictive). The under the radar project saw principal photography come to a close this October. Starring Kika Malgahaes, Will Brill, Clara Wong, Flora Diaz, and Olivia Bond, The Eyes of My Mother sounds indie spirit from someone who appears to have a skillset and more importantly, already have a distinct eye.

Gist: This centers around a young girl who raises herself alone in isolation after a tragedy besets her family.

Production Co./Producers: Producers: Tandem Pictures’ Jake Wasserman (Katie Says Goodbye) and Schuyler Weiss (The Sleepwalker), Max Born (James White). Executive Producers: Borderline Films’ Antonio Campos, Sean Durkin & Josh Mond (Christine). Avi Stern, Julie Christeas (Ghost Team).

Prediction: NEXT section.

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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