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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #25. Bertrand Bonello’s La bête

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #25. Bertrand Bonello’s La bête

La bête

As we explored earlier on our countdown, Bertrand Bonello segued to micro-budget Coma while awaiting the greenlight for his ambitious triple era pronged ninth feature. Produced by Les Films du Bélier’s Justin Taurand, Bonello’s La bête (The Beast) will star Léa Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel (Saint Laurent reunion), production is expected to begin this April.

Gist: Freely inspired by The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James, in the near future where emotions have become a threat, Gabrielle finally decides to purify her DNA in a machine that will immerse her in her previous lives and rid her of any strong feelings. She then meets Louis and feels a powerful connection, as if she has known him forever. A melodrama crossed by the genre, which unfolds over three distinct periods, 1910, 2014 and 2044.

Release Date/Prediction: If we were a betting man we’d put a couple of € for a Palme d’Or competition showing in 2023, but this has been in prep mode for several years now, and sure they’d need to be swift in post for an appearance in 2022 and Venice showing.

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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