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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Benoît Delhomme’s Mother’s Instinct

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Benoît Delhomme’s Mother’s Instinct

Another one of those titles that felt more than ready for a 2023 drop, that could be plopped a bit anywhere next year — we guess it depends on how they want to push the Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway two-hander. After being a cinematographer dating back to The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) and then films such as The Proposition (2005) and At Eternity’s Gate (2018), Benoît Delhomme switched hats for this debut film. Mother’s Instinct based on Barbara Abel’s novel “Derrière la Haine” and went into production in June of last year in NYC. Josh Charles and Anders Danielsen Lie also star.

Gist: This tells the story of Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway), two best friends and mothers living an outwardly idyllic life a stone’s throw from each other in 1960s America. But the manicured lawns and successful husbands fade into the background when a tragic accident unravels their bond and gives way to guilt, suspicion and paranoia.

Production Co./Producers: Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Kelly Carmichael, Jessica Chastain, Paul Nelson.

Prediction: Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: NEON.

2023 American Film Festival Wroclaw

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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