Can ‘Like Crazy’ build on Sundance success for Drake Doremus? [Video]

Last year, “Winter’s Bone” parlayed winning the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival into four Academy Award bids for Best Picture, Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapated Screenplay (Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini). Can this year’s Sundance champ “Like Crazy” be as successful?

In a video interview with senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus recalled his experience at the renowned film festival. “It’s still surreal thinking about it,” he admitted. “Just being at Sundance was the goal. That was the end-all, be-all. It’s great to be sharing it with audiences, and that is what we are focused on right now.”

The film, written by Doremus and Ben York Jones, follows the love story between American and British college students (Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones) who are forced into a long-distance relationship after she overstays her visa and can’t leave England to be with him. The storyline has touches of humor, but focuses on the romance and the roller coaster of emotions when they are together and apart. Jones also won an acting prize at Sundance and has a good chance at more bids throughout the upcoming awards season.

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Doremus, who also helmed “Spooner” and “Moonpie,” is currently lensing an untitled project about “love, fidelity, marriage, and music” with Jones, Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan, and Kyle MacLachlan.


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