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2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life

Tamara Jenkins' Private Life

Festival Predictions

2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life

2018 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tamara Jenkins’ Private Life

We voiced our hope that we’d see her sometime soon when we launched our inaugural Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action back in 2015, and much to our delight, this past March, the trades confirmed that Tamara Jenkins would direct a Netflix drama with Molly Shannon (winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female and Best Supporting Performance for the American Independent Film Awards). Filming took place in March with Shannon being joined by Paul Giamatti, Kathryn Hahn, John Carroll Lynch, Emily Robinson, Kayli Carter and Francesca Root-Dodson. We almost forget this, but in a one film each decade pace, Private Life is only Jenkins’ third feature film after Slums of Beverly Hills (1998) and The Savages (2007). Expect a solid human condition portrait.

Gist: An author (Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband (Giamatti) on edge. They try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.

Production Co./ProducersLikely Story‘s Anthony Bregman (Foxcatcher) and Stefanie Azpiazu.

Prediction: Premieres section.

U.S. Distributor: Netflix.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and 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. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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