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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis’ Silver Star

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Ruben Amar & Lola Bessis’ Silver Star

Next up in our predictions list is a filmmaker tandem that gave us micro indie Swim Little Fish Swim – which was selected as a competition entry at SXSW in 2013. I remember getting Miranda July vibes from this sweet-natured film with heart. A full decade later, Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis re-teamed on Silver Star – which works within a completely different genre vibes. Production on the sophomore project would have taken place in New Jersey and Kentucky in October of 2022 in Grace Van Dien and Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson topline the crime road-trip type film.

Gist: Billie (Johnson) is a 20-year-old Civil War re-enactor who is fresh out of jail and struggling to root herself in today’s world. Billie is determined to reconnect with her estranged parents by saving their home from foreclosure, whatever it takes. During a botched bank robbery, Billie takes Franny (Van Dien), an impulsive, pregnant 19-year-old with nothing to lose, as her hostage and together they embark on an unexpected road trip across America.

Production Co./Producers: Les Films de la Fusée’s Ruben Amar and Lola Bessis, Middlemen Films’ Philippe Imhaus and Simon Lefort, in association with Valerie Steinberg Productions and Carte Blanche.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

Sales: TBD.

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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