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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lake Bell’s What’s The Point?

We heart Lake Bell‘s head, specifically what’s inside it. In a World… not only took us by surprise, but it took the home the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for spot on written comedic elements and it’s king sized Nutella jar full of wit. In between features, she directed a half dozen episodes of “Childrens Hospital,” and she saddled back into feature filmmaking this past April. Filmed in Los Angeles and pulling triple duty once again (writer-actor-director), she cast Ed Helms, Mary Steenburgen, Paul Reiser, Amber Heard, Wyatt Cenac and Dolly Wells in this couple melange. Cinematographer Wyatt Garfield (Mediterranea) provides the lush sunny backdrop.

Gist: The story is told through the lens of a pretentious documentarian — portrayed by Wells — and follows three couples at various stages in their relationships.

Production Co./Producers: Cold Iron Pictures’ Miranda Bailey and Amanda Marshall (Don’t Think Twice), Lake Bell, Jett Steiger (In a World…)

Prediction: A sought after acquisitions title in the Premieres section.

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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