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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #129. Monday – Argyris Papadimitropoulos

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #129. Monday – Argyris Papadimitropoulos

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One of a handful of notable directors stepping out from the shadows of the Greek Weird Wave is Argyris Papadimitropoulos, who will present his most high-profile offering to date with fourth feature, Monday. Produced by Christos V. Konstantakopoulous (Before Midnight, 2013), Damian Jones (The Iron Lady, 2011) and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Loving, 2016), the English language feature stars Sebastian Stan and Denise Gough. Papadimitropoulos’ sophomore film Wasted Youth (2011) premiered in Rotterdam as did his third feature, the breakout Suntan (2016), which also played SXSW. Production took place back in August and wrapped last month.

Gist: Written by Papadimitropoulos and Rob Hayes, this follows the story of Mickey (Stan) and Chloe (Gough), two Americans in their mid-thirties living in Athens, who meet in the heat of summer one whirlwind weekend. When Chloe’s time in Greece is drawing to a close, she decides to give up her high-flying job back home and explore whether one weekend’s passion can stand the reality of the inevitable Monday.

Release Date/Prediction: Monday could potentially follow in the footsteps of Suntan and return to SXSW. The presence of Sebastian Stan could also help secure festival play in anywhere from Un Certain Regard or Directors’ Fortnight to a fall premiere in TIFF’s Platform.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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