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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #75. Josephine Decker – Shirley

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #75. Josephine Decker – Shirley

Josephine Decker‘s Madeline’s Madeline was next level for the filmmaker and so it was no surprise when she joined a project that was already in place in Shirley – which went into production in July in the Catskills with the likes of Elisabeth Moss, Michael Stuhlbarg, Logan Lerman and Odessa Young. Truth be told, I’d be surprised if this gets included in the Sundance line-up – only because this Killer Film’s production could wait until the timing is right instead of rushing the project.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: Based on Susan Scarf Merrell’s novel and written by Sarah Gubbins, this tells the story of a young couple that moves in with Jackson (Elisabeth Moss) and her Bennington College professor-husband, Stanley Hyman (Stuhlbarg), in the hopes of starting a new life. Instead, they find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Jackson’s next major novel.

Production Co./Producers: Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa (Vox Lux), Sarah Gubbins, Sue Naegle (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs), Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman (United Skates).

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Comp, but more likely a Venice/TIFF offering.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Paradigm and UTA (domestic). TBD (international).

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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