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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Clara Roquet’s Libertad

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Clara Roquet’s Libertad

We advanced the idea same time last year mentioning that this directorial debut checks off a lot of boxes in terms of the type of artist the Sundance programmers want to include. For starters, Clara Roquet‘s Libertad workshopped this project at the 2018 January Screenwriters Lab and subsequently, she saw a project she co-wrote in Mounia Akl’s Costa Brava Lebanon attend the 2019 Sundance Institute Directors Lab. She also took part in something called the Sundance Mediterranean Screenwriters Workshop in 2015. Let’s not forget her contributions to films such as 10,000 Km (2014), and Jaime Rosales’ Director’s Fortnight overlooked Petra (2018). Teaming with cinematographer Gris Jordana (her work can be seen in the just released 18 to Party – Giant Pictures) this coming-of-ager features the generational vast cast of Nora Navas, Maria Rodríguez Soto and Vicky Peña.

Gist: Set on Catalonia’s gorgeous Costa Brava, the feature turns on the Vidal family which is spending a summer with their Alzheimer-affected grandmother Ángela. Overprotected and shy, 14 year-old Nora goes through a difficult time after her parents’ separation, but what looked like another tedious, sad summer for Nora, turns into a dangerous coming of age experience with the arrival of Libertad, the wild 15-year daughter of Ángela’s Colombian caretaker.

Production Co./Producers: Tono Folguera, Sergi Moreno, Stefan Schmitz, María Zamora.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Playtime.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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