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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #89. Carolina Markowicz’s Pedagio

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #89. Carolina Markowicz’s Pedagio

Pedagio (Toll)

A feature film debut project that has been workshopped and invited to several high-end labs from Berlinale Talents, CineMart, TIFF to Torino Film Lab, Carolina Markowicz‘s Toll began filming late November last year and would likely be readied for the fall film festival circuit. The Brazilian filmmaker first came onto the scene with a string of fest friendly shorts beginning with 2017’s Long Distance Relationship, followed by The Orphan — a Directors’ Fortnight selection (Queer Palm winner) that was later showcased at TIFF and SXSW. Her co-directed Spit (2019) was also selected for the Directors’ Fortnight. Coined as a “discomforting social drama” and especially urgent seeing how Brazil’s current president is anti-LGBTQ+, this feature project will be embed some dark humor to tackle some of the thorny relationships that are not that uncommon in the filmmaker’s native country.

Gist: Suellen is a toll booth attendant who starts using her job to help a gang of thieves steal watches from people driving to the coast. But only for a noble cause: to send her son to an expensive gay conversion workshop.

Release Date/Prediction: With filming having begun around November, where looking at a Venice Film Festival premiere – likely in the Giornate degli Autori sidebar with a Toronto showcase well.

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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