Kazik Radwanski’s Anne at 13,000 ft., which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and received an honorable mention from the Platform Prize jury, was acquired by Cinema Guild for release in the U.S. in 2020.
The film concerns 27-year-old daycare worker Anne (Deragh Campbell, I Used to Be Darker), who has an epiphany while skydiving for her best friend Sara’s bachelorette party. But back on the ground, the pressures of her daily life threaten to overwhelm her. Her coworkers at the daycare center are constantly questioning the way she connects with the children. At Sara’s wedding, she meets a nice guy named Matt (Matt Johnson, Operation Avalanche), but she can’t help bringing him into ever-more-awkward social situations. As the stressful circumstances mount, Anne prepares for another jump.
An electrifying pairing of two of the brightest young stars in cinema in director Radwanski (Tower, How Heavy This Hammer) and rising talent Campbell, Anne at 13,000 ft reveals a director and star in perfect synch. From a rip-roaring skydive to moments of quiet reverie, Radwanski captures Anne’s experience with an unflinching directness, a volatile mix of Dardenne brothers’ immediacy and Cassavetes naturalism. And yet even from this privileged vantage point, it’s impossible to predict what Anne will do next.