Section: Narrative Spotlight
Director-Screenwriter: Jake Johnson
Logline: When a man is offered a million dollars to play a game in which hunters try to kill him, he thinks he has found the perfect loophole: they can only attack when he’s alone. His only problem is that none of his friends or family believe the game is real.
Panelists: Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick
Premiered: March 11, 2023
Key Quotes: Johnson: “The original inspiration was Japanese reality shows, from 10 to 15 years ago. I started watching them and thinking they were really pushing the limit and starting to get really wild… And I wondered, how far can you push a show and people would still watch? And if you did something here you were hunting people, would people actually watch it?”
Kendrick: “It just feels like it’s about loneliness, and especially at the height of the pandemic, when I read it, the theme was so present for me and it really resonated and came through, and I think it still does, it’s really sweet.”
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