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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 (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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