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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marielle Heller’s Nightbitch

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Marielle Heller’s Nightbitch

Marielle Heller broke out big at Sundance back in 2015 with coming-of-ager The Diary of a Teenage Girl – the pic received a lot of fanfare and the Special Jury Award for Cinematography (Brandon Trost). Following 2018’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? and critical hit A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019), we now have Nightbitch — a book-to-film adaptation that was originally set up at Annapurna but then sold to the Searchlight/HULU folks. It was likely going to receive a 2023 release but it looks like they might want some film fest play to help the film get out of the gates. Production took place in the summer of 2022 in Los Angeles with the likes of Amy Adams, Scoot McNairy, Mary Holland, Ella Thomas, Garrett C. Phillips and Zoe Chao.

Gist: This is about a suburban mom thrown into the stay-at-home routine of raising a toddler. As she embraces the feral power deeply rooted in motherhood, she becomes increasingly aware of the bizarre and undeniable signs that she may be turning into a dog.

Production Co./Producers: Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, Bond Group Entertainment’s Stacy O’Neil and Amy Adams, Anne Carey, Stacy O’Neil, Christina Oh, Adam Paulsen, Sue Naegle and Defiant By Nature’s Marielle Heller.

Prediction: Premieres.

U.S. Distributor: Searchlight/HULU.

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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