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Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

A punishing yet patiently drawn out drama on how a young woman is weighed down and then circumvents the fragile male ego, Joanna Hogg‘s The Souvenir (which already promises to be an exciting two stepper) feels like vintage aged grapes. A showcase for first-time actress Honor Swinton-Byrne (her mom’s supporting character provides Brit giggles) and Tom Burke in the role of leacher and loiter deluxe, this sophisticated cinema was crowned with Grand Jury Prize World Cinema – Dramatic. We were at the world preem for The Souvenir with Hogg, and her two players providing clarity on the semi autobiographical text and approach and by appearances, Swinton-Byrne excitingly feels up to task for more of the same.

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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