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‘Cora Bora’ Director Hannah Pearl Utt & Cast On “Representing Really Challenging People In A Really Emotionally Intelligent Way” – SXSW Studio

Cora Bora, SXSW Studio


Section: Narrative Spotlight

Director: Hannah Pearl Utt

Screenwriter: Rhianon Jones

Logline: Cora senses her open relationship is on the rocks. When the struggling musician and messy millennial goes home to Portland to win her girlfriend back, she realizes it’s much more than her love life that needs salvaging.

Sales Agent: CAA

Panelists: Hannah Pearl Utt, Megan Statler, Jojo T. Gibbs, Ayden Mayeri

Premiered: March 12, 2023

Key Quotes: Utt: “[Megan Stalter] character work is so specific and so well-observed and empathetic. I think Megan has a particular talent for representing really challenging people in a really emotionally intelligent way.”

Stalter: “Hannah wrote me a letter about the movie before we met and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read… This is literally my dream movie. It’s so funny and full of heart, and I think that’s why Hannah is the perfect director because she has such an incredible sense of humor but also she sees all of the heart in the movie and the sweetness and captures everything.”

The Deadline Studio at SXSW runs March 10-13, where the cast and creatives behind the best and buzziest titles in this year’s lineup sit down with Deadline’s festival team to discuss their movies and the paths they took to get to Austin, Texas.

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