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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Back to Black

Of all our Sundance predictions this item might be our Hail Mary prediction we find Back to Black. Cannes programmers would be keen on grabbing it for what would be a nice Out of Compeition slot and since lensing was closed out last April means that there’ll be the extra load of having a blazing soundtrack. Either way — both fests would be great launching pads for the film and actress Marisa Abela who takes on Amy Wineshouse and her beehive coiffe. For her fourth feature film, Sam Taylor-Johnson also nabbed Jack O’Connell, Eddie Marsan, Lesley Manville — O’Connell portrays Blake Fielder-Civil, Marsan and Manville play Amy’s father and grandmother, Mitch Winehouse and Cynthia Winehouse. Matt Greenhalgh wrote the screenplay.

Gist: The film will delve into the life and career of Winehouse, beginning with her early days in the early 2000’s as a North London jazz musician and culminating in her rise to fame as a Grammy-winning singer.

Production Co./Producers: Debra Hayward, Alison Owen.

Prediction: Premieres.

U.S. Distributors: Focus Features.

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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