Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) has announced that his latest film “Final Cut” will no longer be shown as part of the Sundance lineup after the film festival canceled its in-person component.
In a statement, Hazanavicius and the film crew explained their decision to withdraw the project.
“We fully support Sundance’s decision to move the festival to a virtual format, as the safety of the public and the filmmakers is of paramount importance,” they said. “However, we believe it is best to present ‘Final Cut’ in a theater with a live audience and have made the difficult decision to remove the film from this year’s festival. We wish Sundance and all the filmmakers involved. a great festival and look forward to sharing ‘Final Cut’ with audiences very soon.
Sundance organizers announced last week that the 2022 edition of the film festival will be presented virtually, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. “Final Cut” is the only film to date to come out of the Sundance lineup, after the festival transitioned to a virtual model in 2021, which ultimately proved to be buzz-worthy with audiences and succeeded in the field. sales, with accolades like “CODA”, “Passing”, “Summer of Soul” and “Flee” debut at the festival, which was mostly held virtually, with physical screenings selected from US markets .
“We were looking forward to showing ‘Final Cut’ and due to the format change they are no longer participating in the festival,” Sundance organizers confirmed in a statement regarding the lineup change. “We respect the filmmaker’s desire to share his work in another way.
The statement continued, “We remain committed to supporting filmmakers as we navigate a changing landscape to ensure independent artists get the visibility they deserve and while we are deeply disappointed that we did not come together as planned, the the safety of our entire community must come first. “
“Final Cut” was among the liveliest selections in the Sundance 2022 lineup, with the French film set to debut in the festival’s premieres section. Written and directed by Hazanavicius, the story follows the small team of a low-budget zombie movie, who are attacked by … real zombies. Alongside Hazanavicius, “Final Cut” is produced by John Penotti, Noëmie Devide, Alain de la Mata, Brahim Chioua and Vincent Maravalr. The cast includes Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield, Matilda Lutz and Raphaël Quenard. Details of when and where the film will premiere are to come.
The Sundance Film Festival, which runs January 20-30, is just one event among a growing list of notable events to cancel or postpone their projects in person, including the Grammy Awards, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Academy’s Governors Awards and the Critics Choice Awards.