Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #57. Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal

Nacho Vigalondo's Colossal

Colossal

Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo

We’ve been a bit underwhelmed with Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo’s two follow-ups to his fun 2007 debut Timecrimes, those being the alien invasion comedy Extraterrestrial (2011) and his English language internet thriller Open Windows (2014) with Elijah Wood. But we have high hopes for his current project, Colossal, which managed to score a cast including Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, and Jason Sudeikis. A minor hiccup occurred between the director and rights holder of Godzilla, which was thankfully settled so Vigalondo could return to doing something more meaningful. In short, Hathaway stars as woman discovering that severe catastrophic events are related to her own mental breakdown….which sounds a lot like The Brood (1979) meets forgotten Richard Burton thriller The Medusa Touch (1978).

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson

Production Co.: Brightlight Pictures, Sayaka Producciones Audiovisuales

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: We expect Vigalondo to book a premiere slot at a known genre fest, though it doesn’t seem it will be ready in time for SXSW or Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. If he’s ready by autumn, perhaps this will be a prime candidate for TIFF’s Midnight Madness.

Nicholas Bell is a Los Angeles based film critic/journalist for IONCINEMA.com, 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)