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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing

2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing

We’re honestly a little surprised that Nicolas Pesce‘s highly anticipated sophomore film didn’t drop in 2017 as filming took place earlier in the year. As a highly sought after acquisitions title, the chances of finding a spot at Sundance increase by ten-fold and it helps that Sundance discovered the filmmaker and launched his career and debut film The Eyes of My Mother (review) in 2016. Once again supported by the Borderline crew, Piercing includes Mia Wasikowska, Christopher Abbott, Laia Costa (2018 should be a career year for her), Maria Dizza, Wendell Pierce, and Martin Ireland in a film that borrows from Takashi Miike’s Audition (seminal J Horror film) source material. Employing the services of cinematographer Zack Galler (The Sleepwalker) for what should be another distinctly distinguishable looking film, noteworthy creative folk in Filmmaker Magazine 25 New Faces’ Sofía Subercaseaux (Dina) and Art Director Naomi Munro (It Comes at Night) are part of the fold.

Gist: Based on Ryu Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name, Abbott plays a man who kisses his wife and baby goodbye, seemingly headed away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service and kill an unsuspecting prostitute. His plan is thwarted by the alluring and mysterious call girl (Wasikowska) who arrives at his room, leading to a pulsating game of cat-and-mouse.

Production Co./Producers: Borderline Films’ Antonio Campos, Josh Mond, Schuyler Weiss (The Eyes of My Mother), Hidden Content’s Jake Wasserman (The Eyes of My Mother).

Prediction: Might receive a Premieres showing as it might be too big a title for Park City at Midnight.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. WME (domestic). Memento Films Intl (international)



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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