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Most Anticipated Films of 2013: Top 25 From 2012

Every year, there are an exorbitant amount of titles that get plenty of attention on the festival circuit but don’t manage to make it to the multiplex until the next year. The delayed release of these titles sometimes makes them fall off the radar by the end of the next year, hence the tendency for critics to compile a separate list for them (for instance, many of us might consider some excellent 2012 theatrical releases like Killer Joe, ALPS, or Once Upon a Time in Anatolia as 2011 titles). We’ll be releasing our Most Anticipated Films list of 2013 shortly, but looking ahead, here is a list of 25 of the best and most anticipated 2012 festival films (with distribution) that we look forward to revisiting in the coming year:

25. The Iceman – Dir. Ariel Vromen (US)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival – 2012
US Distributor: Millennium Entertainment
Release Date: TBA

24. Pieta – Dir. Kim Ki-Duk (South Korea)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival – 2012
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Release Date: TBA

23. Reality – Dir. Matteo Garrone (Italy)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
US Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures
Release Date: TBA

22. Laurence Anyways – Dir. Xavier Dolan (Canada)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Un Certain Regard 2012
US Distributor: Breaking Glass Pictures
Release Date: TBA

21. Museum Hours – Dir. Jem Cohen (US)
Premiered: Locarno Film Festival – 2012
US Distributor: The Cinema Guild
Release Date: TBA

20. The Act of Killing – Dir. Joshua Oppenheimer (US)
Premiered: Telluride Film Festival – 2012
US Distributor: Drafthouse Films
Release Date: TBA

19. Frances Ha – Dir. Noah Baumbach (US)
Premiered: Telluride Film Festival – 2012
US Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: May, 17th

18. A Hijacking – Dir. Tobias Lindholm (Denmark)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
Release Date: TBA

17. Something In the Air – Dir. Olivier Assayas (France)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: TBA

16. Leviathan – Dir. Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Verena Paravel (US/UK)
Premiered: Locarno Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: The Cinema Guild
Release Date: March 1st

15. Blancanieves – Dir. Pablo Berger (Spain)
Premiered: Toronto Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
Release Date: TBA

14. In the Fog – Dir. Sergei Loznitsa (Russia)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
Release Date: TBA

13. It’s a Disaster – Dir. Todd Berger (US)
Premiered: Los Angeles Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Oscilloscope Pictures
Release Date: TBA

12. Sightseers – Dir. Ben Wheatley (UK)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Directors’ Fortnight 2012
US Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: TBA

11. Room 237 – Dir. Rodney Ascher (US)
Premiered: Sundance Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: TBA

10. Simon Killer – Dir. Antonio Campos (US)
Premiered: Sundance Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: IFC Films
Release Date: April

9. No – Dir. Pablo Larrain (Chile)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Directors’ Fortnight 2012
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Release Date: February 13, 2013

8. Mud – Dir. Jeff Nichols (US)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
US Distributor: Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions
Release Date: TBA

7. Stories We Tell – Dir. Sarah Polley (Canada)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions
Release Date: TBA

6. Spring Breakers – Dir. Harmony Korine (US)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Annapurna Pictures
Release Date: TBA

5. The Place Beyond the Pines – Dir. Derek Cianfrance (US)
Premiered: Toronto Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Focus Features
Release Date: March 29, 2013

4. Paradise: Love – Dir. Ulrich Seidl (Austria)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
Distributor: Strand Releasing
Release Date: TBA

3. Beyond the Hills – Dir. Cristian Mungiu (Romania)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
US Distributor: Sundance Selects
Release Date: March 15, 2013

2. Post Tenebras Lux – Dir. Carlos Reygadas (Mexico)
Premiered: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition 2012
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
Release Date: May 1, 2013

1. Paradise: Faith – Dir. Ulrich Seidl (Austria)
Premiered: Venice Film Festival 2012
US Distributor: Strand Releasing
Release Date: TBA

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, TIFF and AFI. His top 3 for 2016: Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade), Elle (Paul Verhoeven) and OJ: Made in America (Ezra Edelman).

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