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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #78. Kazik Radwanski’s Matt and Mara

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #78. Kazik Radwanski’s Matt and Mara

Matt and Mara

A project that was shot a little bit under the radar, Torontonian Kazik Radwanski moved into production on his fourth feature this past late summer reteaming with actress Deragh Campbell and Matt Johnson (who is also featured in our most anticipated list at the #104 spot with BlackBerry). A project that was workshopped at the Oxbelly Screenwriters/Directors Labs and received some Canadian coin from Telefilm, Radwanski also reteams with producing partner Dan Montgomery (The Maiden). We’re expecting the usual social realism but with a tinge more of unsettling presence. Radwanski’s 2012’s Tower premiered in Locarno, 2015’s How Heavy This Hammer premiered at TIFF and Berlinale, and Anne at 13,000 ft followed in the same pathway premiering in TIFF’s Platform section followed by the international preem in Berlin. We interviewed the filmmaker during TIFF.

Gist: Mara (Campbell), a young professor struggling through marriage, only to meet Matt (Johnson), a man from her past who wanders onto her university campus.

Release Date/Prediction: We think this might be in the running for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival prior to the North American preem at TIFF.

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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