Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #83. John Crowley’s Closed Circuit

Closed Circuit John Crowley

Closed Circuit

Director: John Crowley
Writer(s): Steven Knight
Producer(s): Tim Bevan, Chris Clark, Eric Fellner
U.S. Distributor: Focus Features
Cast: Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Ciarán Hinds, Riz Ahmed

You can’t find much in terms of similarities when you compare John Crowley’s Intermission, Is Anybody There?, and by far the best on his resume Boy A. Hopefully Eastern Promises’ Steven Knight wrote a stronger screenplay than what Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall’s character are billed as, and since I’m a sucker for a good thriller, especially those that Focus Features churn out, then maybe this fourth feature film by Crowley will indeed swim, rather than sink.

Gist: Martin (Eric Bana) and Claudia (Rebecca Hall) are lawyers — and ex-lovers — who find their loyalties tested and their lives at risk when they are joined together on the defense team in a terrorism trial.

Release Date: Not sure why Focus Features skate out this date early, but this will be released theatrically on August 28th.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film 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 Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)