2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jeff Baena’s Spin Me Round
It was pasta, wine, and a the Leaning Tower of Pisa type backdrop for the cast of goofballs assembled for Jeff Baena‘s five feature film. Starring Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Alessandro Nivola, Molly Shannon, Lil Rel Howery, Tim Heidecker, Ben Sinclair, Fred Armisen and Ayden Mayeri, production on Spin Me Round began in the month of May and you’d think that this is en route to Park City as Baena’s brand of humor is well liked by Sundance programmers – as all four of his feature films in Life After Beth (2014), Joshy (2016), The Little Hours (2017), Horse Girl (2020) have premiered there. Baena wrote the screenplay and produced with Brie.
Gist: Brie plays the manager of the Bakersfield, California franchise of the Italian chain eatery Tuscan Grove. She wins an all-expenses trip to the company’s gorgeous “institute” outside of Florence, Italy, and the chance to meet the restaurant chain’s wealthy and charismatic owner (Nivola). Along with a mismatched group of local American franchise managers, Amber finds a far different adventure than the romantic fantasy she had imagined.
Production Co./Producers: Jeff Baena, Alison Brie, Peter Oberth, Duplass Brothers Productions’ Mel Eslyn.
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBA (domestic,international).