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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: John Michael McDonagh’s War On Everyone


Littered with an international cast comprised of Theo James, Stephanie Sigman, Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña, Tessa Thompson and Caleb Landry Jones, while John Michael McDonagh doesn’t make it three for three with the notably absent Brendan Gleeson, this might count as his third trip to Park City. The festival has been a good luck charm for this filmmaker of Irish decent as both his debut, and sophomore films have played passionately well with critics and auds alike. With rich moral complex and comedic contributions in Irish cinema (2011’s The Guard and 2014’s Calvary), the English-born filmmaker changed sceneries, bringing this crime comedy across the pond for a shoot Stateside. War On Everyone shot in Albuquerque, New Mexico this past April.

Gist: Two corrupt cops in New Mexico set out to blackmail and frame every criminal unfortunate enough to cross their path. Things take a sinister turn, however, when they try to intimidate someone who is more dangerous than they are. Or is he?

Production Co./Producers: Reprise Films’ Chris Clark and Flora Fernandez-Marengo (Calvary), Bankside Films’ Phil Hunt and Compton Ross (Freeheld). Executive producers: Elliot Ross, Fenella Ross, Stephen Kelliher, Hilary Davis. Co-producer: Elizabeth Eves.

Prediction: Premieres category is the only valid option.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). TBD (international)

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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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