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2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World

2022 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Jesse Eisenberg’s When You Finish Saving the World

Everyone knows the actor, but we might have to think of him differently in the year ahead. Jesse Eisenberg‘s When You Finish Saving the World was an audiobook drama before it became in 2021, his directorial debut. Starring Julianne Moore and Finn Wolfhard, Eisenberg takes the plunge into some deep human condition issues and makes connections between people, time and place. The A24 folks have a huge year ahead of them — and this one certainly has wards potential. After Yang and Pieces of a Woman Cinematographer Benjamin Loeb is part of the crew.

Gist: This tells the story of three individuals working to understand each other and themselves: Nathan, a father learning to connect with his newborn son; Rachel, a young college student seeking to find her place in a relationship and in life, before marriage to Nathan; and Ziggy, their son, a teenager hoping to figure out where he came from, and where he’s headed.

Production Co./Producers: Julianne Moore, Fruit Tree’s Dave McCary, Emma Stone.


U.S. Distributor: A24.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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