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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #145. Paradise Hills – Alice Waddington

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #145. Paradise Hills – Alice Waddington

Paradise Hills

Producer and editor Alice Waddington makes her directorial debut with the fantasy/sci-fi film Paradise Hills, a US-Spanish co-production which she wrote alongside Brian DeLeeuw and director Nacho Vigalondo (of Timecrimes and Colossal fame). Produced by Adrian Guerra and Nuria Vilas, Waddington has assembled a notable cast with Milla Jovovich, Emma Roberts, Awkwafina, Eliza Gonzalez, Jeremy Irvine and French actor Arnaud Valois (of BPM, 2017) in a narrative which sounds comparable to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s 2004 debut Innocence.

Gist: A wayward girl is sent to the reform school Paradise Hills only to discover the high-class façade holds sinister secrets.

Release Date/Prediction: Paradise Hills will premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT program, and is the second Spanish produced film to preem at the fest in its history.

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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