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Director Selma Cervantes On Casting Oscar Nominee In ‘Sweatshop Girl’ – Deadline

Director Selma Cervantes On Casting Oscar Nominee In ‘Sweatshop Girl’ – Deadline

The Deadline Studio at Sundance Film Festival runs January 20-23 at Hotel Park City, where the cast and creatives behind the best and buzziest titles in this year’s lineup sit down with Deadline’s festival team to discuss their movies and the paths they took to get to Park City.


Section: Shorts Film Program

Director: Selma Cervantes

Logline: Inés works as a seamstress in a sweatshop where pregnancy tests are periodically administered. When she becomes pregnant, she is sure that her condition will get her fired. She does everything she can to keep it a secret.

Panelists: Selma Cervantes (director, producer, writer), Bruno Gaeta (director of photography), Iván Lopto (sound designer, composer), Daniel Lopto (sound designer, composer)

First Screening: January 19, 5:00 p.m MST, Prospector Square Theatre, Park City

Key Quote: Director Selma Cervantes on casting Oscar-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio in Sweatshop Girl: “I always ask myself the same question. I’m like, ‘How did we get so lucky?’ We had this idea of… it would be great if we had her. We didn’t believe it when she said yes. So, we just sent her the script and then we had to wait for like a month and she said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this.’ From her performance in Roma you can tell she’s very vulnerable, so I thought maybe we can do something in the same path.”

Click above to watch the panel video, and track all of our Deadline Studio content here.

RELATED: Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winners Through The Years – Photo Gallery

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 19-29. Follow Deadline’s complete coverage of the deals and the doings in Park City here.

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Monica has a BA in Journalism and English from the University of Massachusetts and an MS in Journalism and Communications from Quinnipiac University. Monica has worked as a journalist for over 20 years covering all things entertainment. She has covered everything from San Diego Comic-Con, The SAG Awards, Academy Awards, and more. Monica has been published in Variety, Swagger Magazine, Emmy Magazine, CNN, AP, Hidden Remote, and more. For the past 10 years, she has added PR and marketing to her list of talents as the president of Prime Entertainment Publicity, LLC. Monica is ready for anything and is proudly obsessed with pop culture.

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