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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #133. Elise Girard’s Sidonie In Japan


Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #133. Elise Girard’s Sidonie In Japan

Sidonie In Japan

We can add this France-Japan title to the under-the-radar items featuring the great Isabelle Huppert. Production on Elise Girard‘s third feature Sidonie In Japan began production in July of last year with August Diehl and Tsuyoshi Ihara also on board. The Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland co-production tells the tale of discovery — of not one but two men. Girard previously directed Belleville-Tokyo (2010) with Valérie Donzelli, and the Berlinale preemed Strange Birds (2017) with Lolita Chammah (Huppert’s daughter).

Gist: During her first trip to Japan, Sidonie Perceval (Huppert), a promotional writer, sees the ghost of her husband again, while she lives a love affair with Kenzo Mizoguchi, her publisher, a mysterious man.

Release Date/Prediction: This could be a Berlinale comp title.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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