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2014 Sundance Film Festival: Cutter Hodierne’s Fishing Without Nets

You’d be hard-pressed to find anything of a swashbuckling nature in what is essentially a pirate movie without the eye patches. While comparisons with other films dealing in the familiar subject matter were indeed included in the Sundancing discourse, Fishing Without Nets surveys the dire situation in Somalia via those who are pointing their Kalashnikovs and chewing the khat. Honored with the Best Directing prize, filmmaker Cutter Hodierne does apply a certain poetic veneer to this sprawling and tension filled film that innocently came about when the filmmaker thought about the motivations behind such a desperately bold act. Here’s footage from the World Premiere Post Q&A (January 17th – Library Center Theatre) with cast, Hodierne and producers Raphael Swann and Eddy Moretti.

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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