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Sturgess and Dunst Turn ‘Upside Down’ for Juan Solanas

The Argentinean/French filmmaker will start lensing his sci-fi romance with the pairing of Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) and Kristen Dunst.

I jumped the gun earlier this year, thinking that Juan Solanas (Nordeste) was well on his way with his sophomore project, when in fact, no actors had signed on the dotted line. Today comes word (via Production Weekly) that the Argentinean/French filmmaker will start lensing his sci-fi romance with the pairing of Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe) and Kristen Dunst. Sturgess takes over for the role that Emile Hirsch was in negotiations for. I can’t think of many examples where the blend of sci-fi and romance actually work – the last sample I saw was the overly-ambitious and tedious Mr.Nobody.  

Upside Down tells the story Adam is a seemingly ordinary guy in a very extraordinary universe. He lives humbly trying to make ends meet, but his romantic spirit holds on to the memory of a girl he met once upon a time from another world, an inverted affluent world with its own gravity, directly above but beyond reach… a girl named Eve. Their childhood flirtation becomes an impossible love. But when he catches a glimpse of grown-up Eve on television, nothing will get in the way of getting her back.

Juan is the son of filmmaker Fernando Solanas (The Hour of the Furnaces) – an important figure in Latin American cinema.

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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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