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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Mark Palansky’s Rememory

A Canuck filmmaker who found a mentor in Michael Bay in his formative years, Mark Palansky broke out with Christina Ricci fantasy film Penelope at TIFF in 2006, but only recently began lensing his sophomore feature last May in Toronto. Re-teaming with Peter Dinklage and co-writing with Mike Vukadinovich, we can call Rememory a new kind of crowdsourcing film as it invites regular folks to submit their own “memories” for usage. The film features one of Anton Yelchin’s last perfs, Julia Ormond, Henry Ian Cusick, Evelyne Brochu, Jordana Largy and Martin Donovan.

Gist: This revolves around a brilliant professor (Donovan) who mysteriously dies on the eve of releasing his life-changing invention. His wife, Carolyn (Ormond), discovers the device, which records and plays memories. With an unlikely friend (Dinklage), she uses the invention to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Production Co./Producers: Daniel Bekerman (Backstabbing for Beginners), Lee Clay (A Lego Brickumentary)

Prediction: If this is cutting edge, it could actually be a Park City at Midnight offering or Premieres category.

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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