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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Daniel Minahan’s On Swift Horses

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Daniel Minahan’s On Swift Horses

We all know that Sundance is a welcoming launchpad for first-time filmmakers — and this was indeed the case for Daniel Minahan who shored up all the way in 2001 with Series 7: The Contenders. a gnarly comedy noir thriller that reminds us of The Running Man. Almost a quarter of a century later and tons of television series (“Six Feet Under”, “Deadwood”) work later, the filmmaker might bring On Swift Horses — a period piece item featuring strained relationships, horses, gambling and the likes of Daisy Edgar-Jones, Jacob Elordi and Will Poulter. Written by Bryce Kass (Lizzie), production took place in at the beginning of the year in. Worth noting, Minahan actually co-wrote I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) with director Mary Harron — also a Sundance selection.

Gist: Based on the novel by Shannon Pufahl, the story follows newlyweds Muriel and Lee who are beginning a bright new life when he returns from the Korean War. However, this newfound stability is upended by the arrival of Lee’s charismatic younger brother, Julius, a wayward gambler with a secret. A dangerous love triangle is quickly formed, as the three vow to start a new life together in California, but their bid for the American Dream is blown apart when Julius disappears and heads for Las Vegas instead. Muriel embarks on a secret life of her own,  gambling on racehorses and discovering a love she never thought possible.

Production Co./Producers: Daniel Minahan, Cor Cordium’s Peter Spears, Ley Line Entertainment’s Tim Headington, FirstGen Content’s Mollye Asher and Michael D’Alto.

Prediction: Premieres.

U.S. Distributor/Sales: Black Bear International and UTA Independent Film Group.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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