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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #51. Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s The Lodge

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #51. Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s The Lodge

They broke out big when Venice, TIFF and Sitges handed them invites for their 2014 horror film Goodnight Mommy (read review) and Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala’s part in The Field Guide to Evil was a buffer in between features. A fairly secretive first English-language type of project, The Lodge went into production this past January with the likes of Richard Armitage, Katelyn Wells, and Riley Keough.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: Written by Franz, Fiala, Sergio Casci, this is about young woman and her new stepchildren who are menaced by a terrifying supernatural force while spending Christmas in their remote cabin.

Production Co./Producers: Hammer Films’ Simon Oakes and Marc Schipper (The Quiet Ones).

Prediction: Midnight section. SXSW will want to program this one as well.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. WME Global/FilmNation (domestic). FilmNation (international).

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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