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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #53. Johanna Pyykkö’s Ebba

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #53. Johanna Pyykkö’s Ebba


Sweden-Finn filmmaker (based in Norway) Johanna Pyykkö almost grabs our most anticipated debut feature of the year but we nonetheless look forward to noir dramedy type cinema. She moved into production back in May on Ebba – lining up for a possible showing in Cannes Critics’ Week – the same section that profiled her 2019 short The Manila Lover. A project that landed some coin a couple of years back thanks to the ARTE Kino International folks, Pyykkö is a former assistant to Joachim Trier. This debut is produced by Eye Eye Pictures’ Dyveke Bjørkly Graver and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar.

Gist: This is about a 18-year-old girl who works as a housekeeper in Oslo’s upmarket port district. One day she meets a young Bulgarian man who is injured and has amnesia. Ebba will make him believe that they are lovers.

Release Date/Prediction: This should be a good bet for the Critic’s Week in Cannes.

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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