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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #12. David Lowery’s Old Man and the Gun

Old Man and the Gun

We were correct with our Sundance prediction stating that David Lowery would be at Sundance this year, but it was to support the release of Augustine Frizzell’s directorial debut Never Goin’ Back and not to showcase his latest. While no word from the Fox Searchlight folks was given on a release date, filming on Old Man and the Gun began in April in Cincinnati and this made for a third outing with Casey Affleck and second with Robert Redford. We also find Elisabeth Moss, Sissy Spacek, Danny Glover, John David Washington, Keith Carradine, Tika Sumpter and Tom Waits. It’s a classy cast for sure, but we look forward to the packaging — which will likely not be anything close to his previous films, or for comedies being launched this year.

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Based on the true story that originated in a 2003 New Yorker magazine feature written by David Grann, this is about Forrest Tucker (Robert Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Affleck), who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman (Sissy Spacek), who loves him in spite of his chosen profession. Lowery reteams composer Daniel Hart, with cinematography by Joe Anderson (Christine) and Production Design by Scott Kuzio (Golden Exits).

Release Date/Prediction: Seeing that this experi-comedy might have less weight for the fall season, Fox Searchlight might be pointing their tasers at a Cannes film fest launch.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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