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2017 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ritesh Batra’s The Sense of an Ending

He piled on the short films more or less around the time where he was selected for 2009 Sundance Writers and Directors Labs with a script that has yet to come to fruition (which also earned him a Sundance Time Warner Storytelling Fellow and an Annenburg Fellow). It’s his directorial debut in the Cannes preemed The Lunchbox (it was also showcased at Sundance ’14) which rocket launched his career and while we wait The Sense of an Ending to premiere, this workaholic didn’t spend much time unpacking his suitcase as he was taped for Our Souls at Night — which is currently filming and includes the participation of the Sundance kid himself, Robert Redford. It’s entirely feasible that The Sense of an Ending adaption starring Michelle Dockery, Joe Alwyn, Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer, Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling will spill into Park City. CBS Films could use positive push before a release and perhaps a Berlin showing as well.

Gist: Based on a screenplay from playwright Nick Payne, and adapted from Julian Barnes’ Man Booker Prize-winning bestseller of the same name, this is about a man becomes haunted by his past and is presented with a mysterious legacy that causes him to re-think his current situation in life.

Production Co./Producers: Origin Pictures’ Ed Rubin, David M. Thompson (Woman in Gold).

Prediction: Premiere section. Berlin competition title a possibility.

U.S. Distributor: CBS Films

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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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