Inside Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Five-Year Climb to Existential Sundance Drama ‘Downhill’

An avalanche isn’t the most desirable image to show packed movie houses at the base of a mountain in Utah, but it’s used to great effect in “Downhill,” an American riff on the Ruben Ostlund film “Force Majeure,” set to light up the Sundance film festival this week.Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell team for the first time on the project from directors Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, with a screenplay from the pair and “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong.

The pedigree is not by coincidence, as Louis-Dreyfus has been at work on the film for five years with her “Enough Said” producer Anthony Bregman and Searchlight Pictures (no more Fox).“It was daunting, except to say that we never would have done it if we didn’t have Ruben’s blessing,” Louis-Dreyfus told Variety in a conversation ahead of the festival.“Force Majeure” was a well-received 2014 family drama

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