Tiffany Haddish started her career by making the audience laugh as a stand-up comedian, and then starred in the critically acclaimed comedy Girls Trip. In recent years, she has been engaged in more diverse work, although her latest film is “Landscape with an Invisible Hand” by Corey Finley, based on the novel by M.T. Anderson based on the science fiction novel of the same name. When it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, one of the audience shared their dissatisfaction with the new film, and Haddish had something to say.
The annual Sundance Film Festival serves as a showcase for various widescreen films (most of which are independent films), and this year Tiffany Haddish’s latest film is certainly one of the most unique. In the upcoming “Landscape with an Invisible Hand”, the Earth is captured by aliens named Vuvv, who bring wonderful technologies to the planet that only the rich can afford. This forces two teenagers to broadcast their love story live to enchanted aliens in the hope of getting financial compensation for it. Apparently, one of the festival participants did not agree with this film, because it was shot by a major studio, and this moment was captured on Deadline Hollywood video. Ultimately, Tiffany Haddish stood her ground and sought to protect him. Watch the video below:
Tiffany Haddish defends the presence of her #Sundance-premiering film "Landscape with Invisible Hand" after an audience member called out the filmmakers and festival programmer for showcasing a studio-backed film at an independent film festival pic.twitter.com/KKnVRPzT5w
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) January 24, 2023
In the video, one of the viewers addressed his question to the producers of The Landscape with Invisible Hands and the Sundance programming team. He asked if they didn’t find it ironic that a film about exploited young artists is funded by a studio and its world premiere will take place at the Sundance Festival. Although the request may not have been addressed to Tiffany Haddish, the 43-year-old comedian expressed some honest thoughts:
First of all, I’m the producer of this movie, and I didn’t feel exploited. And it seems quite obvious to me that [Finley] stood up for what he believed in, and I think that’s what every artist should do. […] He spoke up and took control of his narrative. […] And I feel that this is what every artist should do. when you feel that someone is trying to take your words and your art, distort them. If you can’t do it the way you want, if you can’t cooperate, you’ll have to leave.
Her response was met with thunderous applause. Her comments seem to suggest that if the people involved didn’t have a problem with the message presented in the film, then others might not want to object. The uniqueness of the indie world lies in the fact that such festivals are crucial in order to allow small films and even lesser-known creative people to express themselves. This is not Corey Finley’s first time at the Sundance Festival, as he presented his directorial debut — the black comedy thriller “Purebloods”, which has undergone major changes in the development process. By the way, he also helped bring out the funny side of Hugh Jackman in the HBO series “Bad Education,” which won an Emmy Award in 2020 in the category “Outstanding Television Movie,” and in the same year Jackman was nominated for the award “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.”
As for what awaits Tiffany Haddish next, we are glad to know that the sequel to Girls Trip is finally coming out! Considering what a riot the previous film was, it will be amazing to see her reunite with Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall for outlandish mishaps and touching moments. However, soon Haddish will also play a major role in the reboot of Disney’s “Haunted Mansion” along with Lakeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson and others. It’s great that she sticks to her comedy roots, but it’s also great to see her doing new kinds of projects and being so passionate about them.
Be sure to keep an eye on CinemaBlend’s schedule for the release of new films for 2023 to know when “Landscape with an Invisible Hand” will be released in a wider box office.