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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #9. Zellner Bros.’ Damsel


Leaving Sundance as one of the critical darlings of the fest, for its play with the Western genre doing away with all the nuances of the Far West, with Damsel, David and Nathan Zellner are, and this doesn’t take anything away from the Safdies, the best filmmaker pairing working in American independent film and cements the bold storytelling we already found in Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter. Shot in Utah/Oregon back in August of 2016, they employed the services of Cinematographer Adam Stone (Loving) and production designer Scott Kuzio with a score by The Octopus Project.

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Starring Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, David Zellner, Robert Forster, Nathan Zellner, this is about Samuel Alabaster (Robert Pattinson), an affluent pioneer, ventures across the American Frontier to marry the love of his life, Penelope (Mia Wasikowska). As Samuel traverses the Wild West with a drunkard named Parson Henry (David Zellner) and a miniature horse called Butterscotch, their once-simple journey grows treacherous, blurring the lines between hero, villain and damsel.

Release Date/Prediction: Premiering at Sundance and the upcoming Berlin Film Festival, this will find a suitor shortly and will receive theatrical play sometime this year, and not some interminable wait that occurred with Kumiko.

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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