2021 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicholas Jarecki’s Dreamland
Taking just a tad bit more time in post-production and lining up for what would be some Gary Oldman Mank buzz, the acquisitions friendly sophmore feature Dreamland went into production in Montreal in March of 2019 with Oldman being joined by Armie Hammer, Evangeline Lilly, Greg Kinnear, Michelle Rodriguez, Lily-Rose Depp, Luke Evans, Indira Varma and Kid Cudi. His 2012 debut film Arbitrage was a Sundance selection, so the timing sounds a bit right here.
Gist: This follows three colliding stories: A drug trafficker (Hammer) arranges a multi-cartel Fentanyl smuggling operation between Canada and the U.S.; an architect (Lilly) recovering from an OxyContin addiction tracks down the truth behind her son’s involvement with narcotics; and a university professor (Oldman) battles unexpected revelations about his employer, a drug company with deep government influence bringing a new “non-addictive” painkiller to market.
Production Co./Producers: Cassian Elwes and Nicholas Jarecki.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Endeavor Content (domestic). Solution Entertainment Group (international).