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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marius A. Markevicius’ Ashes in the Snow

We’ve got Drake Doremus’ oft-used screenwriter in Ben York Jones, The Diary of a Teenage Girl starlet Bel Powley and a docu filmmaker who preemed his tale of oppressed 1992 Lithuanian basketball (The Other Dream Team) in Park City and you’ve got Sundance written all over this possible entry. Considered a buzz title at the recent AFM, Marius A. Markevicius could make a three-pointer at the buzzer with Ashes in the SnowMartin Wallström also stars.

Gist: Based on the book by Ruta Sepetys and screenplay by Ben York Jones, in 1941, an aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin’s brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. In a seemingly hopeless place, love is the only means of survival.

Production Co./Producers: Chris Coen (Special Correspondents), Marius A. Markevicius.

Prediction: World Dramatic Comp.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). Radiant Films Intl. (international)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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