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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #93. Melanie Laurent’s Galveston


There was once a time when True Detective’s Nic Pizzolatto‘s novel to screen adaptation had Matthias Schoenaerts attached in the lead and Danish helmer Janus Metz set to direct, but the film gods spoke and Melanie Laurent moved in. Among the French filmmakers who lensed in 2017 and found U.S. based producers to finance back a piece of Americana, and more fittingly it is Ben Foster who’ll be the face of revenge in this noirish item. After packing a long resume as an actress, Laurent has made a remarkable five feature films in a six year span as a filmmaker.

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Based on the novel of the same name, this centers on New Orleans hitman Roy Cady (Foster), diagnosed with lung cancer at 40. Before the cancer can do him in, however, he has more pressing concerns in the form of his mobster boss, who has decided to remove him from the business – and the world – via a set-up. Turning the tables, he goes on the run having rescued teenage hooker Raquel “Rocky” Arceneaux (Elle Fanning). Last September, her TIFF preemed Plonger might have been hooked on a feeling, we’re curious has to a full immersive crime film experience. Take Shelter‘s Tyler Davidson produces.

Release Date/Prediction: While Cannes is a distinct possibility, we think Laurent might be headed right back to TIFF in September.

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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