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Father Figure: Anders Danielsen Lie & Woody Norman Find a Cabin in Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Sukkwan Island”

Father Figure: Anders Danielsen Lie & Woody Norman Find a Cabin in Vladimir de Fontenay’s “Sukkwan Island”

After focusing on the rift between single mother and young child in his Directors’ Fortnight selected sophomore feature Mobile Homes (2017), Vladimir de Fontenay might be returning to some of the same of the thematics ideas and relationship dynamics in his third fiction feature film offering in the book to film adaptation of Sukkwan Island. Anders Danielsen Lie and Woody Norman (C’mon C’mon) will topline the project – housed with the Mk2 folks.

In semi-autobiographical stories set largely in David Vann’s native Alaska, this is set on a wild island in southern Alaska, accessible only by boat or seaplane, all in wet forests and steep mountains. It is in this setting that Jim (Anders Danielsen Lie) decides to take his thirteen-year-old son (Woody Norman) to live there in an isolated cabin for a year. After a succession of personal failures, he sees the opportunity to make a new start and reconnect with this boy he knows so little. But the harshness of this life and the failures of the father soon turn this stay into a nightmare, and the situation quickly spirals out of control. Until the violent and unpredictable drama that will seal their fate.

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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