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2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Frank Berry’s Aisha

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.

Prediction: PREMIERES.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.  Cornerstone (domestic, 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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