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2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On


2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Dean Fleischer-Camp’s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

A surprise world premiere selection at the 2021 Telluride Film Festival, we originally predicted that Dean Fleischer-Camp‘s Marcel the Shell with Shoes On was headed to Sundance….and it might still be. Recently picked up by the A24 folks, this could be part of the Spotlight section (last year, the online version of the festival had reduced the number to only two films). The stop-motion animated film will likely have a lengthy film fest run in 2022 before some theatrical drop.

Gist: The film centers on Marcel, an adorable one-inch-tall shell who ekes out a colorful existence with his grandmother Connie and their pet lint, Alan. Once part of a sprawling community of shells, they now live alone as the sole survivors of a mysterious tragedy. But when a documentary filmmaker discovers them amongst the clutter of his Airbnb, the short film he posts online brings Marcel millions of passionate fans, as well as unprecedented dangers and a new hope at finding his long-lost family.

Production Co./Producers: Dean Fleischer-Camp, Andrew Goldman, Elisabeth Holm, Caroline Kaplan, Terry Leonard, Jenny Slate, Paul Mezey.

Prediction: SPOTLIGHT.

U.S. Distributor: A24.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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