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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #72. David Gutnik – Russian American

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #72. David Gutnik – Russian American

Brooklyn-born and based David Gutnik has been chipping away at Russian American (formerly Brighton Beach) since 2016, with post perhaps being further delayed because of editing duties on Christina Choe‘s Sundance winner Nancy (here is a glimpse of him at the world preem). Landing British singer FKA Twigs (Tahliah Debrett Barnett) for the lead role (she is supposedly adding some of her tracks), and employing the services of cinematographer Oleg Mutu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) this crime drama also includes players Barney Harris, Costa Ronin, Sofia Vassilieva and Michael Kingsbaker.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: This follows the rivalry between a family-run medical practice and a local mob boss caught up in a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud racket.

Production Co./Producers: Michelle Booso, Molly Conners (Birdman), Giulio Marantonio (Kicks), Jane Oster.

Prediction: NEXT section.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international).

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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