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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Christopher Andrews’ Bring Them Down

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Christopher Andrews’ Bring Them Down

When a pair of exceptionally talented actors initially commit to a project and then part ways, not due to a lack of interest in the project but due to unforeseen circumstances, and are subsequently replaced by two equally exceptional performers, it’s a strong indicator that this debut feature has a promising future. Chris Andrews had a first tandem of Paul Mescal and Tom Burke on board a then found Barry Keoghan and Christopher Abbott commit. We think that Sundance might be the lieu for the world premiere to Bring Them Down — a film that moved into production in February in Ireland of this year. Also starring Colm Meaney, Nora-Jane Noone, Paul Ready and Susan Lynch, this was written by Andrews and Jonathan Hourigan. Limbo (2020) and Sky Peals (2023) cinematographer Nick Cooke in onboard here.

Gist: Michael, the last son of a shepherding family, lives with his ailing father, Ray. Burdened by a terrible secret, Michael has isolated himself from the world. When a conflict with rival farmer Gary and his son Jack escalates, Michael is drawn into a devastating chain of events, forcing him to confront the horrors of his past and leaving both families permanently altered.

Production Co./Producers: Jacob Swan Hyam, Wild Swim Films’ Ivana MacKinnon, Frakas Productions’ Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnauts, Tailored Films’ Ruth Treacy and Julianne Forde.

Prediction: World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

U.S. Distributor: MUBI.

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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