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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicolas Pesce’s Visitation

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Nicolas Pesce’s Visitation

Both his directorial debut in the glorious micro-budgeted B&W house-of-horrors and in the Portuguese language The Eyes Of My Mother (read review) and his sophomore S&M feature Piercing (2018) got some Park City love so after a stint in studio items, Nicolas Pesce might actually return for a three-peat. Visitation is a horror project that came to light back in January of this year and stars Olivia Cooke and Isla Johnston (“The Queen’s Gambit” series). The project sees Pesce re-team with cinematographer Zack Galler and we could find some lush moody gothic backdrops as production took place in Ireland. This was written by Helen Gaughran.

Gist: This follows 14-year-old Maria (Johnston) who is sent away to live with Catholic nuns when her mother is sick and dying. But Maria’s arrival slowly turns sinister as one of her caretakers becomes enamoured with her for all the wrong reasons.

Production Co./Producers: eOne’s Courtney Cunniff and Chanel Vidal, Rumble Films’ David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox, Blinder Films’ Katie Holly.

Prediction: Midnight section.

Sales: TBD.



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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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