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First Look: Paul Dano in So Yong Kim’s For Ellen

We’ve got two indie projects that happen to star Paul Dano that we are keen on seeing this year (perhaps both might be ready in time for TIFF). The first is Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff and the other, is Dano in toplining So Yong Kim’s For Ellen.

We’ve got two indie projects that happen to star Paul Dano that we are keen on seeing this year (perhaps both might be ready in time for TIFF). The first is Kelly Reichardt’s Meek’s Cutoff and the other, is Dano in toplining So Yong Kim’s For Ellen. The project was I believe filming in February which would explain the winter scene (lensing is Frozen River‘s and the upcoming Yelling to the Sky‘s Reed Morano) and from what I gather, has continued perhaps after a break for a summer shoot – with actresses Margarita Levieva and Dakota Johnson on board. Here’s a more detailed synopsis and the pic below:

When Joby (Dano), an aspiring young rock star, finally agrees to sign divorce papers with his estranged wife (Jena Malone), he discovers that he is about to forfeit all custody of his six-year-old daughter, Ellen. Never having been in Ellen’s life before, Joby suddenly realizes that he’s not ready to lose that part of himself. Hoping to make up for lost time, he tries to win her heart.

So Yong Kim's For Ellen Paul Dano

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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