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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2016: Picks 100 to 6

While DC and Marvel might already have a lock on several future release dates past the 2015 campaign with the Coen Bros. circling February on their calendars, for the most part, when it comes to American independent and foreign film flavored items, 2016 is still cloudy with a chance of…. 2015 just broke (we already have plenty to look forward to (Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films / Top 25 Most Anticipated Studio Films / Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films – soon!) but we’re already excited about what is in store for several of our favorite auteurs. Here are picks 100 to 6, with our Nicholas Bell providing further analysis on current top five for 2016. Pictured above is Peter Strickland, who sits in our number six spot.

100. Untitled Edward Munch Project – Erik Poppe
99. Bastille Day – James Watkins
98. Live By Night – Ben Affleck
97. Imagine – Benoit Graffin
96. Pete’s Dragon – David Lowery
95. Bella Luna – Ivan Fila
94. Bat, Butterfly, Moth – Sergio Caballero
93. The BFG – Steven Spielberg
92. Cooking With Fernet Branca – Bruce Beresford
91. Foreign Affairs – Ziad Doueiri
90. Little House on the Prairie – Sean Durkin
89. The Fox – Matthias Luthardt
88. I’m Down – Lynn Shelton
87. The Island of Dolls – Pascal Sid
86. Spring Again – Gael Morel
85. The Side Effect – Ti West
84. Two Eyes Staring – Scott Derrickson
83. Project Lazarus – Mateo Gil
82. Wedding Dress – Alexandre Aja
81. Untitled Hilary Clinton Project – James Ponsoldt
80. Vita & Virginia – Sacha Polak
79. Untitled Emir Kusturica Belarus Project
78. Indignation – James Schamus
77. Tarda Primavera – Michelangelo Frammartino
76. Storm in the Stars – A Haifa Al-Mansour
75. Blonde – Andrew Dominik
74. Soeurs – Malgorzata Szumowska
73. The Bloom of Yesterday – Chris Kraus
72. Alias Grace – Sarah Polley
71. Downsizing – Alexander Payne
70. Pyromaniac – Erik Skjoldbjærg
69. The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea – Syllas Tzoumerkas
68. Machina – Fede Alvarez
67. Scarred Hearts – Radu Jude
66. Out of Nowhere – Fatih Akin
65. Freezing People Is Easy – Errol Morris
64. Des jours redoutables – Jacques Doillon
63. The Flamethrowers – Jane Campion
62. The Ferryman – Wong Kar Wai
61. Children of the Gun – Fabrice Du Welz
60. The Beauty of Sharks – Karim Ainouz
59. Boyfriend – Ashim Ahluwalia
58. Deepwater Horizon – J.C. Chandor
57. Coward – Kim Jee-woon
56. Cascade – Baltasar Kormakur
55. The Thirtieth Love – Angelina Nikonova
54. I Saw the Devil – Adam Wingard
53. Fingersmith – Park Chan-wook
52. Hail Cesar – Coen Bros
51. Porno – Danny Boyle
50. Sweet Dreams – Marco Bellocchio
49. White Shadows – Fabio Mollo
48. Untitled Pablo Neruda Project – Pablo Larrain
47. The True American – Kathryn Bigelow
46. The Man Who Killed Don Quixote – Terry Gilliam
45. White Knuckles – Pia Marais
44. Stain on the Snow – David Mackenzie
43. American Express – Nash Edgerton
42. Transit – Christian Petzold
41. Micro Robert – Nadav Lapid
40. Fairyland – Sofia Coppola
39. The Snowman – Tomas Alfredson
38. Second Born – Park Chan-Wook
37. Alice in Changes – Joshua Marston
36. Cook, F*ck, Kill – Mira Fornay
35. Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic – Steven McQueen
34. Manchester-by-the-Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
33. Evil Stones – Nicole Garcia
32. Free Fire – Ben Wheatley
31. In the Forest – Gilles Marchand
30. How to Talk to Girls at Parties – John Cameron Mitchell
29. The Eisentsein Handshakes – Peter Greenaway
28. Iguazu – Sebastian Lelio
27. Fela – Andrew Dosunmu
26. Midnight Swim – Benoit Jacquot
25. The Past – Kiyoshi Kurosawa
24. Story of Your Life – Denis Villeneuve
23. The Neon Demon – Nicolas Winding Refn
22. Vernon God Little – Werner Herzog
21. RMN – Cristian Mungiu
20. Ma Loute – Bruno Dumont
19. The Luxembourg – Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
18. Ana, Mon Amour – Calin Peter Netzer
17. Untitled Alexandros Avranos Thriller
16. Untitled Alain Guiraudie Film
15. The Embrace – Ludovic Bergery
14. D – Roman Polanski
13. Ending Eddy Bellegueule – Andre Techine
12. The Bad Batch – Ana Lili Amirpour
11. Silencio – Pedro Almodovar
10. Paris Is Happening – Bertrand Bonello
9. Momma – Antonio Campos
8. The Body Artist – Benoit Jacquot
7. Bacurau – Kleber Mendonca Filho
6. The Beginning of Spring – Peter Strickland

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top 3 from 2016: Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt), Things to Come (Mia Hansen-Løve), Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade)

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  • This list has so many exciting names that I’ve just felt a new experience of aura!

  • This list has so many exciting names that I’ve just felt a new experience of aura!

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