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Tracking Shot: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Asghar Farhadi & Martin Scorsese Shooting in August

Tracking Shot: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Asghar Farhadi & Martin Scorsese Shooting in August

“Tracking Shot” is a top of month featurette here on that looks at the projects that are moments away from lensing. With summer in it’s last month, several productions are in wrap up mode, or in this case getting ready to shoot.

June and July productions that we kept an eye out for and will all land sometime in 2018 (and just as early as Sundance) include: Catherine Corsini’s Un amour impossible, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Olivier Masset-Depasse’s Dulles, Baltasar Kormákur’s Adrift, Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette, Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers, David M. Rosenthal’s How It Ends, Romain Gavras’ Mr. Freeze, Wash Westmoreland’s Colette, Rowan Athale’s Strange but True, Laurent Tirard’s Le Retour du héros, Boots Riley’s Sorry To Bother You, Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher, Justin Kelly’s JT Leroy, Abby Kohn & Marc Silverstein’s I Feel Pretty, Alice Rohrwacher’s Lazzaro felice, Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s Paster, Avi Nesher’s Pilgrim, Ioana Uricaru’s Lemonade, S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete, Gustave Kervern / Benoît Delépine’s I Feel Good , Brian De Palma’s Domino, short film/omnibus items Berlin, I Love You, and Todd Solondz/Mohsen Makhmalbaf/Arsinee Khanjian/Anne Muylaert’s The Quarters, and finally, our most anticipated item of the bunch in Annette from Leos Carax.

Here are a dozen films going into production this month that are worth tracking this August.


Shooting this August (or possibly very early in September) Martin Scorsese‘s The Irishman – the $100-million gangster movie metric friendly cast of De Niro, Pacino, Pesci and Keitel. Filming with take place in NYC and in Florida. Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles (who has worked mostly as a production designer) are finally getting Bacurau out of the gates – while no mention has been made on a cast, this dramatic horror film about a documentary filmmaker who travels to a remote Brazilian village should be ready for Cannes next year. Another probable Cannes entry if lensing begins shortly (September has also been mentioned as a start date), is the untitled psychological thriller by Oscar-winning Asghar Farhadi.


Curiosity projects filming in August in North America include actor Christoph Waltz making his directorial debut Georgetown – he’ll star in alongside Vanessa Redgrave. A black comedy that has been in the works for quite some time, the Jim Rash / Nat Faxon project The Heart should finally begin filming inSavannah with Sam Rockwell and Kristin Wiig. Another item that has had trouble getting out of the starting gate is Triple Frontier. Directed by JC Chandor, the Netflix is still confirming its star cast, but the long awaited thriller is set on the notorious border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil where the Iguazu and Parana rivers converge.


Mikhael Hers begins filming his third feature film — Amanda is about a filmmaker who decides to travel to a village in the interior of Brazil to make a documentary. Claire Burger will be going solo for her sophomore picture, C’est ça l’amour. After winning the Camera d’Or in Cannes for the Un Certain Regard selected Party Girl, she lassoed Bouli Lanners and Justine Lacroix for a tale about a torn family. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi begins filming her fourth pic (Les estivants) and takes the lead role in what is a Côte d’Azur set, post break-up drama with a formidable cast. Finally, a hot director (Sebastian Schipper won over a lot of critics with his single take Victoria – read our review) teams with a hot thesp in Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk) for Caravan – about a rebellious teen who steals a campervan from his stepdad and drives from a resort in Morocco to find his real father in France.


Workshopped at the Sundance labs, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje‘s directorial debut (Farming) is based on his own autobiographical story – growing up fostered by a white working-class family in the UK. Ben Wheatley will be filming his action thriller Freakshift with actress Alicia Vikander and Armie Hammer in London. This is about monster hunting.

Director: Mikhael Hers
Writers: Mikhaël Hers & Maud Ameline
Cast: Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier and Stacy Martin
Producer: Pierre Guyard
Filming in Paris, London, Bordeaux and Périgueux.

Directors: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Writer: Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles
Producers: Emilie Lesclaux
Filming in Brazil

Director: Sebastian Schipper
Writer: Sebastian Schipper, Oliver Ziegenbalg
Cast: Fionn Whitehead
Producers: Sebastian Schipper, David Keitsch
Filming in France

Les estivants
Director: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
Writer: Tedeschi, Agnès de Sacy, Noémie Lvovsky
Cast: Tedeschi, Pierre Arditi, Valeria Golino, Noémie Lvovsky, Yolande Moreau, , Laurent Stocker, Bruno Raffaelli , Marisa Borini
Producers: Ad Vitam Production’s Alexandra Henochsberg and Ex Nihilo’s Patrick Sobelman
Filming in Paris

Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Writer: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Cast: Kate Beckinsale, Damson Idris, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Producers: Charles de Rosen, Miranda Ballesteros, Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Montebello Productions’ Francois Ivernel, Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams.
Filming in UK and Nigeria

Director: Ben Wheatley
Writer: Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump
Cast: Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander,
Producers: Rook Films’ Andrew Starke
Filming in London

Director: Christoph Waltz
Writer: David Auburn
Cast: Christoph Waltz, Vanessa Redgrave
Producers: John Cheng, David Gerson, Andrew Levitas, Brett Ratner
Filming in Toronto

The Heart
Director: Jim Rash / Nat Faxon
Writer: Jim Rash / Nat Faxon
Cast: Sam Rockwell, Kristin Wiig
Filming in Savannah

Triple Frontier
Director: JC Chandor
Writer: Mark Boal with a rewrite by Chandor
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal, Adria Arjona
Producers: Charles Roven, Alex Gartner
Filming in Hawaii and Colombia

Untitled Asghar Farhadi project
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Writer: Asghar Farhadi
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ricardo Darín
Producers: Asghar Farhadi, Álvaro Longoria
Filming in Spain.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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