The ice has officially broken.
In what many are considering a quiet, cold Sundance, Netflix has entered the ring to crown the first true champion of the prestigious festival by way of Chloe Domont’s workplace relationship drama Fair Play.
The film stars Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich as engaged employees of a cutthroat New York hedge fund whose relationship begins to unravel when Dynevor’s Emily receives a promotion to a level above Ehrenreich’s Luke.
Fair Play marks Netflix’s second Sundance acquisition following the pre-festival purchase of XYZ Films’ Run Rabbit Run. Screening in the Midnight category, the Daina Reid-directed film stars Succession’s Sarah Snook.
Outside of the foreign langue remake All Quiet on the Western Front, the marquee streamer has struggled to find a footing this awards season as The Pale Blue Eyes, Bardo: The False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths, and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story failed to make much noise this cycle. But the studio is betting big here, beating out rival bids from Searchlight and at least six other studios.
No release date has been announced; however, most expect Fair Play to receive a limited theatrical run prior to its streaming debut.
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.