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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #74. Blake Williams, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Burak Çevik’s A Woman Escapes

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #74. Blake Williams, Sofia Bohdanowicz & Burak Çevik’s A Woman Escapes

A Woman Escapes

Cinema birthed a new Antoine Doinel and her name is…Audrey Benac. Voyage to the center of Audrey via actress Deragh Campbell includes Never Eat Alone (2016), Veslemøy’s Song (2018), MS Slavic 7 (2019), and 2020’s Point and Line to Plane and it would appear that filmmaker Sofia Bohdanowicz (who also has a new feature called A Portrait in the works) has has moved the process out of its container with limitless dimensions, surfaces, film stocks and two new creative collaborators. Entering the fray we have Burak Çevik and (a former contributor here on the site) in Prototype filmmaker Blake Williams. An Estudios Churubusco First Cut Award, FICUNAM, Catapulta Primer Corte Lab winner in March of 2021, collectively the three filmmakers make a hybrid with what sounds like limitless possibilities for the film…and the character. Pandemic be damned.

Gist: Audrey Benac (Deragh Campbell) lives alone in Paris after having moved there to tend to the home of her recently deceased friend, Juliane. She struggles to find her footing in the world, moving through the days without any clear motivation or sense of purpose. Audrey forges a correspondence with two male filmmakers — Burak, who lives in Istanbul, and Blake, who lives in Toronto—and entertains their efforts to help her get through this sorrowful and directionless time.

Release Date/Prediction: We see this as a Locarno world premiere followed by Wavelengths preem at TIFF and Currents showcase at NYFF.

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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