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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #58. Guillaume Nicloux’s La Tour d’Assitan

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #58. Guillaume Nicloux’s La Tour d’Assitan

La Tour d’Assitan (Lockdown Tower)

Upon getting a whiff of this project one can’t help but feel that Gareth Evans’ The Raid created a new subgenre — and the fact that Guillaume Nicloux is headed on the same path but with horror fantasy elements is even more intriguing. A whopping sixteen features into his filmography, the filmmaker teamed with producers Sylvie Pialat, Benoit Quainon and Bruno Nahon while reuniting with cinematographer Christophe Offenstein (Thalasso, Valley of Love) on La Tour d’Assitan (Lockdown Tower). Production began in April of 2021 in Paris with Angèle Mac, Clément Penhoat (aka Hatik), Ahmed Abdel Laoui and Kylian Larmonie.

Gist: The inhabitants of a tower block wake up one morning to find a black veil shrouding all the windows and doors of the building – a black veil which devours anything and anyone who tries to go through it…Stuck inside together, families organize themselves but time passes and nothing changes. They gradually return to their most primitive instincts and now respond to a single watchword: survival.

Release Date/Prediction: We see this as a Midnight special screening in Cannes.

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