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2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers

2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Lina Roessler’s Best Sellers

An actress turned director hit the lottery when the likes of Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza and Cary Elwes lined up for her directorial debut. Canuck Lina Roessler‘s Best Sellers is based on Anthony Grieco’s original screenplay, which won the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting award. Production on the Canadian-UK funded dramedy began in mid 2019 in Montreal (with some Los Angeles in the backdrop as well) and pictured locked during the Covid and would be an acquisitions friendly title for adult auds.

Gist: The story follows a has-been author (Michael Caine), who is on a wild book tour with a young editor (Aubrey Plaza), trying to save her father’s boutique publishing house. Caine’s miserable and sharp-witted author just wants to live out his days in peace with a bottle of scotch, a cigar and his orange Tabby cat, but Plaza’s hopeful editor pulls him out of his reclusion.

Production Co./Producers: Arielle and Cassian Elwes, Wishing Tree Productions’ Jonathan Vanger, Item 7’s Pierre Even, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Petr Jákl.

2020 American Film Festival in Poland

Prediction: PREMIERES

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Elwes (domestic). Foresight Unlimited (international).

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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