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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #96. Benh Zeitlin – Wendy

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #96. Benh Zeitlin – Wendy

With the amount of time being put into the post production portion of the process, I doubt that sophomore jinx will be applicable here. Wendy is Benh Zeitlin‘s long waited follow up to Beasts of the Southern Wild which the Fox Searchlight will be plotting carefully in terms of its release — as we get this is Wes Anderson care package in scope. In the seven years between projects, Zeitlin has worked on projects for other peeps — composed the music for Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea and Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory. Writing credits now include his sister — Eliza Zeitlin. Sundance programmers want this one badly.

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Gist: Written by Benh and Eliza Zeitlin, this is set on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, this tells the tale of two children from different worlds fighting to maintain their grip on freedom and joy.

Production Co./Producers: Becky Glupczynski, Michael Gottwald, Nathan Harrison, Dan Janvey, Paul Mezey, Josh Penn.

Prediction: Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures.

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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