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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 (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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