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2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Hanna Bergholm’s Hatching

2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Hanna Bergholm’s Hatching

After more than a decade in filmmaking with a half dozen shorts and a children’s TV Series under her belt, perhaps Sundance will throw some Finnish scares to their Midnight section with Hanna Bergholm‘s directorial debut. To be released in early February in her native Finland, we’re imagining a festival premiere is the cards. Picked up during Cannes by the IFC Films folks for their IFC Midnight label, Hatching is said to be in the vein of Let the Right One In and Babadook — and could be the most talked about Scanid squeamish item since Ali Abbasi’s Border. Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkila, Jani Volanen, Oiva Ollila, and Reino Nordin star.

Gist: This is about a young gymnast girl Tinja, who tries desperately to please her mother, a woman obsessed with presenting the image of a perfect family life to the whole world through her popular blog. Then, one night, Tinja finds a strange egg. She hides it, she keeps it warm. And when it hatches, what emerges is beyond belief.

Production Co./Producers: Mika Ritalahti, Nico Ritalahti, Bastien Sirodot.

Prediction: MIDNIGHT.

U.S. Distributor: IFC Midnight.

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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