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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2018: #58. Julie Bertuccelli’s Claire Darling

Claire Darling

Documentary filmmaker Julie Bertuccelli, who worked with a stunning array of world auteurs as an assistant director, moved into narrative filmmaking with 2003’s lauded Since Otar Left, which won a Cesar for Best First Film and the Critics’ Week Grand Prize out of Cannes. Her follow-up, 2010’s The Tree headlined by Charlotte Gainsbourg, closed the Cannes Film Festival and wasn’t well-received. Although she continues to release documentaries, she ends an eight year absence from narrative film with third feature, Claire Darling (aka Le Dernier vide-grenier de Claire Darling), which excitingly unites real-life mother and daughter actors Catherine Deneuve and Chiara Mastroianni (which isn’t the first time they’ve appeared together on-screen). Bertuccelli filmed her latest in the home of her grandmother, a project described as a light fantasy about a woman (Deneuve) who after hearing voices is convinced she’s about to die, and so stages a garage sale of all her Earthly belongings, which leads her to a series of memories connected through the objects. Sophie Fillieres co-wrote the adaptation of the novel Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge.

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Release Date/Prediction: Lensing began around the time the project was announced in May, 2017. Deneuve’s presence should ensure a festival slot, perhaps at Berlin, where Martin Provost’s The Midwife competed in 2017 (which also belonged to Memento Films).

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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