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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #120. The Wind Blew On – Katrín Ólafsdóttir


Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #120. The Wind Blew On – Katrín Ólafsdóttir

The Wind Blew On

Iceland’s Katrín Ólafsdóttir should be set with her extremely promising debut, a dystopic sci-fi Western The Wind Blew On. Producing alongside Eva Sigurdardóttir for International Incoherence and co-produced by Gudrun Edda Thorhanesdottir, her cast includes a triumvirate of notable actresses, including Geraldine Chaplin, Elina Lowensohn and Angela Molina (of Bunuel’s final masterpiece That Obscure Object of Desire, 1977 and Almodovar’s Live Flesh, 1997). Director Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle) is also amongst the cast. Mauro Herce (Mimosas, 2016) and Arnar Thor Thorisson (Mellow Mud, 2016) serve as the project’s cinematographers.

Gist: A young boy travels across a desert planet in search of a forest and his adulthood in this post-apocalyptic Western with musical elements.

Release Date/Prediction: Collecting funding through 2016, the project was in post-production in Spring 2018. Considering the high-profile cast, we’re assuming The Wind Blew On could appear somewhere in Berlin or in a potential Cannes sidebar (Critics’ Week, Directors’ Fortnight, and Un Certain Regard).

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is'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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