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Rodrigo Garcia to present ‘Mother and Child’

Variety reports that Annette Bening and Naomi Watts have signed up for leading roles and Kerry Washington and Shareeka Epps have joined Mother and Child in supporting roles – in a former Cha Cha Cha deal project that plays on the helmer’s strengths of: mergiong ensemble sets of characters in a multi-narrative scenario as he did with Nine Lives.

I’ve always wondered what kind career stock plunge occurs when a filmmaker has his latest film released with the “not screened for critics” tag. Apparently director-writer Rodrigo Garcia’s just released this weekend survivor drama-thriller Passengers has done little damage as he has just signed up for a project that will have an indie-sized budget but attract A-list talent.

Variety reports that Annette Bening and Naomi Watts have signed up for leading roles and Kerry Washington and Shareeka Epps have joined Mother and Child  in supporting roles – in a former Cha Cha Cha deal project that plays on the helmer’s strengths of: mergiong ensemble sets of characters in a multi-narrative scenario as he did with Nine Lives
 
Pegged to begin filming in Los Angeles next year, the script follows a woman who gave up her daughter 35 years ago and an African-American woman who is looking to adopt. The pic is now being produced by Julie Lynn’s Mockingbird Films and Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu takes on the role of exec producer.

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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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