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Kirill Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Juggling not one, but two current projects (the other being the Sundance Lab supported Coming to You), Kirill Mikhanovsky is at a special crux in his career after his debut Sonhos de Peixe premiered more than a dozen years ago in Cannes’ Critics Week section. Mikhanovsky’s Give Me Liberty throws a bunch of misfits together — where creed, religion, age, physical mobility and mental ability are strewn together. Among the first films to open the festival (launching the NEXT section), this Milwaukee set dramedy asks existential questions during thrill-ride segments and/or moments of reprieve. Here is world premiere Q&A footage:

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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