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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #24. Josephine Decker’s Madeline’s Madeline

Madeline’s Madeline

We slotted Josephine Decker‘s Madeline’s Madeline at the number #24 slot, but post-Sundance, we sort of wished we had ranked this masterwork (no exaggeration in this claim) higher up on the list. Confirming the flashes of brilliance found in parts of Butter on the Latch and Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Decker who went into production in September of 2016, and thus proves that there is a huge upside to finding, bending and shaping a film in a lengthier post-production process.

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Featuring Helena Howard, Molly Parker and Miranda July, this follows an ambitious theater director (Parker) who begins to weave the troubled interior life of her young star (Howard) into her new play. But when the teen actor takes the performance offstage, the question of who is directing whose life begins. Believe the hype folks as the Sundance postscript from Village Voices’ Bilge Ebiri, Richard Brody, an’s poll, and this critic claiming this as the best film out of the festival. And Howard, is the next big thing.

Release Date/Prediction: This received its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Fest in the NEXT section and will have its international showcase in Berlin.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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