2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Frank Berry’s Aisha
Moving from a tragi-docudrama I Used to Live Here (2014) to what appears to be a very raw prison system film in Michael Inside (2017), for his fourth feature film Irish filmmaker Frank Berry turns to another rough portrait in an immigration drama with trouble ahead or… not far behind. Suicide, penal system, and now asylum seekers, Berry called his current sobering project “human connection in an inhumane system.” Filming on Aisha took place in Ireland back in April with future A-lister stars in Letitia Wright and Josh O’Connor set as the pair against all odds. The production has partners in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Gist: Formerly titled Provision, this is about a young Nigerian woman (Letitia Wright), as she seeks international protection in Ireland. Caught in limbo for years in Ireland’s immigration system, she develops a friendship with a former prisoner (Josh O’Connor) who she meets at one of the accommodation centres, but their friendship looks to be short lived as Aisha’s future in Ireland comes under threat.
Production Co./Producers: Tristan Orpen Lynch, Aoife O’Sullivan, Donna Eperon and Park Pictures’ Sam Bisbee.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Cornerstone (domestic, international).