Anne Hathaway, cast of ‘Eileen’ excited to be in person at Sundance Film Festival

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Thousand of people arrived in Park City over the weekend for the Sundance Film Festival.

Film viewers said they were excited to be back in person at the festival. It’s the first time since 2021 that the festival has been held fully in person.

One of the most highly anticipated films is “Eileen,” starring Anne Hathaway and Thomas McKenzie.

Hathaway said felt “magical” to be back at Sundance after the two year hiatus due to Covid-19.

“You know I feel like the pandemic was a reset for a lot of people for a lot of ways whereas I might, and actually had come here to this festival before, and focused a lot on how a lot scary it all was as in this time I just feel excited,” Hathaway said.

The film is an adaptation of Ottessa Moshfegh’s 2015 novel Eileen. It centers on Mckenzie’s character Eileen, who lives a dreary life in the 1960’s when her life takes a shocking twist after she meets an intriguiging woman played by Hathaway.

“I think Eileen just inherently had a cinematic quality in Eileen’s story telling voice in the novel, its subjectivity, its portraiture, and the time, the place and the drama,” Moshfegh said.

Moshfegh and actress Marin Ireland said a big message of the movie explores what it means to be a woman.

“Whoever you are whatever you look like and feel like and whatever your body does like that’s all part of being on earth, good job,” said Ireland.

Moshfegh similarly attributed the central theme, saying, “Whoever you are, you’re probably not as weird as you think.”

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