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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Piero Messina’s Another End

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Piero Messina’s Another End

It’s been a long eight years between projects – but it might be worth the “wait” for this ambitious and stacked sophomore feature. Piero Messina premiered L’attesa in 2015 at the Venice and Toronto Intl. Film Festivals, and his second film Another End has Gael Garcia Bernal, Renate Reinsve, Bérénice Bejo and Tim Daish to boot. Messina has mostly directed for television in-between. Production would have taken place in Italy at the beginning of the year. The Berlinale might attempt to lasso the film as well.

Gist: Set in a near-future when a new technology exists that can put the consciousness of a dead person back into a living body, in an attempt to ease the grief of separation, providing a little extra time to say goodbye. Bernal play Sal, a man whose wife dies, and Reinsve as Zoe, the woman who then becomes his partner after renting out her body, in which the memory and consciousness of Sal’s former wife have been temporarily implanted.

Production Co./Producers: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori, Viola Prestieri.

Prediction: World Dramatic Competition.

Sales: Newen Connect.

2023 American Film Festival Wroclaw

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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