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Babak Anvari’s Wounds | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Celebrated debut film Under the Shadow set in the war-torn Tehran of the 1980s has a lot of things going for it beyond the horror genre, so now it feels as if Babak Anvari split that atom when he was offered a pair of projects – his sophomore project would be with Annapurna Pictures. We’re not sure what the tone the source material in Nathan Ballingrud’s The Visible Filth is based on, but what we find here with Wounds campy, cartoonish and trigger ready with those fun jump out of your seat type or cringe moments that also acts as a cautionary tale for the addictive nature of smart phone usage. We were at the premiere (which includes a sprinkling of plastic cockroaches littering the floor of the Library) with Armie Hammer and Zazie Beetz shoring up.

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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