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Lucía Garibaldi’s The Sharks | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

We caught wind of Lucía Garibaldi when she wowed San Sebastián industry people winning top prize coin in the Films in Progress 32 Industry Award. The Sharks is one of those debut films informed by some of the master female filmmakers of native Latin American cinema by Euro-centric visionaries as one. The world premiere was unveiled at the Egyptian Theatre with jury members Jane Campion, Ciro Guerra and producer Charles Gillibert (Mia Hansen-Løve’s masterwork Things to Come) in the crowd — they would end up awarding the filmmaker with the Best Director prize of the section.

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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