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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Dosunmu’s Beauty

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Dosunmu’s Beauty

Synonymous with Sundance as all of his works have premiered there, Andrew Dosunmu‘s could technically see his fourth feature land in the Premiere section portion of the fest and essentially follow in the footsteps of a beautiful body of work in Restless City (2011), 2013’s Mother of George (read review) and Where Is Kyra? (2017). A queer, romantic drama is based on a screenplay by the one and only Lena Waithe, Beauty features Gracie Marie Bradley and Aleyse Shannon (2019’s Black Christmas) with supporting players in Giancarlo Esposito and Sharon Stone. Production began in the fall of 2019 in New York City, and somewhere along the way, the project landed on Netflix’s doorstep. This time out Dosunmu enlisted the services of cinematographer Benoît Delhomme (At Eternity’s Gate).

Gist: This is the tale of Beauty, an up-and-coming young singer with a glamorous career ahead of her, and Jasmine, a butch queer woman who falls for her. Their love for each other soon hits a snag when one’s family and strict religious upbringing threaten to end their burgeoning romance.

Production Co./Producers: Michael Ellenberg, Rishi Rajani and Lena Waithe.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: PREMIERES

U.S. Distributor: Netflix.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

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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