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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #39. Jonathan Helpert – IO

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #39. Jonathan Helpert – IO

2018 came and will have went and IO will not have dropped. Perhaps there is a lot more after effect works demanded for this sci-fi feature, which participated at the Sundance Institute’s Writers Lab in 2012 and was a Sundance Institute Catalyst Forum selected project prior to going into production in October of 2016. Jonathan Helpert directed the film with the likes of Margaret Qualley, Anthony Mackie, and Danny Huston toplining the project. Netflix will likely showcase the film at least once prior to adding it to their line-up.

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Gist: Written by Clay Jeter, Charles Spano, and Will Basanta, the coming-of-age story follows examines the dangers of humanity’s current relationship with the planet. It centers on Sam Walden (Qualley), a teenager surviving as one of the last people on an abandoned post-cataclysmic Earth, who is racing to find a cure for her poisoned home world before the last shuttle off the planet to the distant human space colony leaves her stranded. Mackie plays Micah, a complicated and mysterious refugee on his way to the imminent shuttle launch who makes Sam question whether she can really alter Earth’s fate.

Production Co./Producers: Production Co./Producers: Mandalay Pictures’ Jason Michael Berman (Burning Sands), Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister (The Free World).

Prediction: Perhaps the Premiere section.

U.S. Distributor: Netflix.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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