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2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz’s Los Frikis

2024 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Tyler Nilson & Michael Schwartz’s Los Frikis

Sundance and SXSW programmers will likely be keeping an eye out on the status of Los Frikis – a raw, true story-type drama that might be full of hope and dread and that would have gone into production in late 2021. The tandem of Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz who saw their The Peanut Butter Falcon make waves at SXSW in 2019 are behind the real-life portrait. For this sophomore feature, the team decided to take their raft over into a story deep into some marginalized Cubans. This is lined up with Héctor Medina, Eros de la Puente, Jorge Perugorría and Adria Arjona – who also joined as a producer.

Gist: The film is based on the true story of punk-rock teenagers in Havana who deliberately inject themselves with HIV to escape the oppression of “Special Period” Cuba.

Production Co./Producers: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Tyler Nilson, Michael Schwartz, Rebecca Karch Tomlinson.

Prediction: U.S. Dramatic Competition.

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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