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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jesse Eisenberg’s A Real Pain

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jesse Eisenberg’s A Real Pain

After launching When You Finish Saving the World (which we called “while neither revolutionary nor rudimentary, it’s a surprisingly sober and mature portrait on animosity and forgiveness,”) at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival edition (sans Park City premiere due to the pandemic of course) it would be fitting for Jesse Eisenberg to have that Sundance experience at a place like the Eccles for his sophomore directorial gig. Plus this is an acquisitions title. Filmed in New York and in Warsaw, Poland at the beginning of this past summer, A Real Pain saw Eisenberg move in front of the camera to be joined by Kieran Culkin and Ellora Torchia in what is tipped as a semi-autobiographical project. EO cinematographer Michal Dymek joined the project.

Gist: A bitter-sweet story of the relationship between cousins Benji (Culkin), and David (Eisenberg), who travel to Poland to discover their roots after the death of their grandmother – they end up joining a Holocaust tour.

Production Co./Producers: Fruit Tree’s Ali Herting, Dave McCary, Emma Stone.

Prediction: Premieres.

Sales: TBD.

2023 American Film Festival Wroclaw

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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