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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Gillian Robespierre’s Landline

She turned a lot of heads when she presented married a not around the dinner table taboo topic with unfiltered characters. According to our site she was a top new voice with her brand of truth serum safeness in the micro indie rom dramedy shell. Since the Sundance preemed Obvious Child (2014), the triple threat of Gillian Robespierre, producer/writer Elisabeth Holm and actress Jenny Slate continued their collaboration with an FX pilot, but its their sophomore project Landline should be in contention for a Sundance spot. Starring Slate, Finn Wittrock, John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass and introducing Abby Quinn this comedy was shot this past May.

Gist: Written by Elisabeth Holm and Robespierre, this is set in Manhattan in 1995 and follows three women in one family having lots of sex, drugs, and Japanese food. Navigating monogamy, honesty, and a long-lost New York, the Jacobs family lives in the last days when people still didn’t have cell phones and still did smoke inside. Teenage Ali (Quinn) discovers her dad’s affair, her older sister Dana (Slate) uncovers her own wild side, and their mother Pat grapples with the truth that she can’t have it all, but her family still has each other.

Production Co./Producers: Elisabeth Holm (Obvious Child), Route One Entertainment’s Russell Levine (Tallulah), OddLot Entertainment’s Gigi Pritzker (Rosewater).

Prediction: This could be programmed in the U.S Dramatic Comp.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. UTA (domestic). Sierra/Affinity (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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