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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Fritz Böhm’s Wildling

Sundance’s 2015 breakout starlet Bel Powley stars in a project that is being Let The Right One In and maybe a pinch of The Babadook. Prior to the production announcement last October, we had never heard of the German filmmaker, but that’s about to change with the release of Wildling. Liv Tyler, Brad Dourif and James Le Gros also star.

Gist: Hidden from society by her father until she is a teen, Anna (Bel Powley) knows little about the outside world until she is taken in by the local sheriff Ellen, (Liv Tyler) and her 16-year-old brother Ray. But being under Ellen’s protection doesn’t stop Anna from being haunted by thoughts of the terrifying Wildling, the child-eating monster from a fairy tale her father used to tell her. As she tries to deal with fitting into the chaotic new world she is discovering, Anna soon learns that the closer she gets to the Wilding and the more she discovers about its mysterious origin, their lives are more intertwined in the most terrifying of ways…

Production Co./Producers: Maven Pictures’ Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler (The Bell Jar), Liv Tyler

Prediction: Park City at Midnight, Premieres.

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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