Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015: #4. Andrzej Zulawski’s Dark Matter


Dark Matter

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Writer: Andrzej Zulwaski
Producer: Marcin Wierzchoslawski
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Unknown

We’re trying to keep hope alive on this project, which would be the first film helmed by Andrzej Zulawaki since 2000’s La Fidelite, which starred his then wife, Sophie Marceau. Twin 2012 retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles saw a resurgence in interest in Zulawski’s thrilling and overlooked filmography and some traction on this new project was underway that year. However, there’s been little else detailed about the status of the project, until the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival honored Zulawski with a Lifetime Achievement Award where the director also participated in Fantasia’s Frontieres Co-Production Market. We’re sincerely hoping he got the backing he needed for Zulawski is true cinematic anomaly, a director whose strange visions are unlike any other.

Gist: A noir tinged plot featuring a metaphysical burglary centers around a son inheriting a company upon his father’s death, and the discovery of a mysterious notebook which seems to reveal strange circumstances from his father’s past. As with a most Zulawski films, we can expect a surreal and/or hellish world of emotional and hysterical intensity.

Release Date: If everything comes together correctly, this could see a splash at Cannes, or, depending on financing, be funneled into odd slots at other prestigious venues. Next: Our number 3 pick…

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for, covering film festivals such as Sundance, Cannes, TIFF, AFI, as well as weekly film reviews. Nicholas is also a regular contributor to men's fashion periodical, MM Magazine. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (All About My Mother), Coen Bros. (No Country For Old Men), Dardenne Bros. (The Kid With a Bike), Haneke (The Piano Teacher), Hsiao-Hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon), Kar-wai (In The Mood For Love), Kiarostami (Close-Up), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Dogville), Zulawski (Possession), Carax (Mauvais Sang)