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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jeff Baena’s The Little Hours

Can filmmaker Jeff Baena get the triple crown of Sundance invites? So far two for two with his feature films in 2014’s Life After Beth and 2016’s Joshy, the filmmaker didn’t waste much time between features flying out of the gates and into Italy with his third feature. The ice cream sundae topping list of comedians signed up for The Little Hours includes several habituals from his previous pair of films: Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen, Jon Gabrus, Jemima Kirke, Nick Offerman, Adam Pally, Paul Reiser, Lauren Weedman and Paul Weitz.

Gist: Nothing is known about the dark comedy except, that it was shot in Italy.

Production Co./Producers: Destro Films’ Elizabeth Destro, Aubrey Plaza.

Prediction: Premieres section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). Concourse Media (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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