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Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala’s The Lodge | 2019 Sundance Film Festival

Returning with their heavily anticipated sophomore feature, and English language debut, filmed outside of Montreal almost one year back, Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala‘s The Lodge (read our review) was a primo selection among Sundance Film Festival’s Midnight section. Excellent production design, this swell looking (DP Thimios Bakatakis) and sounding (Daniel Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans) psychological thriller cocktail is one part cabin fever episode and part addiction drama packaged with occult-like tweaks. Both filmmakers and cast & crew with Riley Keough were on hand for the premiere at the Library.

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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