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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: So Yong Kim’s Lovesong


Sundance, Berlin, Venice and Toronto film fest programmers would all agree — there is a refined and fertile cinema chez So Yong Kim. In Between Days, Treeless Mountain and For Ellen yield high-end return on subtle emotional footprints. Joining forces with regular collaborators Jena Malone and Riley Keough, production on her fourth feature film began in December of 2014. So one full year to work on Lovesong conceivablely means that a return to Park City – same lieu where she won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance for In Between Days, and premiered For Ellen. is a strong possibility. Set in Tennessee, this is film that looks to be split into two chapters, this stars Jena Malone and Riley Keough in the leads with a supporting cast consisting of Brooklyn Decker, Ryan Eggold, Rosanna Arquette and Amy Seimetz.

Gist: This tells the story of Sarah (Keough) who, with her young daughter in tow, embarks on an impromptu road trip with her best friend Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the two friends’ deep feelings for each other develop into a surprising romantic connection. The only problem: Mindy is about to get married.

Production Co./Producers: Bradley Rust Gray, Alex Lipschultz, Dave Hansen, Johnny Mac. Co-producers: Morgan Coy, Elise Tyler, Abigail Disney. Executive producers: Dan Cogan, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Wendy Ettinger, Mynette Louie, Julie Parker Benello, Laura Rister. Associate producer: Derek Nguyen.

Prediction: Premieres category showing with a Berlin Film Fest showing to surely follow.

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 (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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