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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #161. Alex Helfrecht’s A Winter’s Journey

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #161. Alex Helfrecht’s A Winter’s Journey

A Winter’s Journey

As with any animated film (this one has live action with CG and painted animation) it’s difficult to pinpoint a targeted release but this is why they employed the Loving Vincent army of artists to push and paint this new SPC film into orbit. Alex Helfrecht paired with Jörg Tittel on her feature debut The White King (2016) which was a popular item on the genre fests, and she moved into her sophomore feature in June of last year in Wrocław, Poland. A Winter’s Journey sees John Malkovich, Jason Isaacs, Marcin Czarnik, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Martina Gedeck star and with Gabriella Moran playing the part of Therese. This is based on Franz Schubert’s timeless classic song cycle. Producers include Oiffy’s Jörg Tittel and Philip Munger, with Richard Mansell. The soundtrack will include baritone Andrè Schuen and pianist Daniel Heide.

Gist: Bavaria, 1812. A lovelorn young poet banished from society is forced to wander across mountains, ice and snow, on a dangerous journey which will either lead him to death or to a new life. The film is an adaptation of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece “Winterreise”.

Release Date/Prediction: Sony Pictures Classics will likely target the fall film festival season.

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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