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Limonov, the Ballad of Eddie

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #26. Kirill Serebrennikov’s Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #26. Kirill Serebrennikov’s Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie

Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie

The critic elite in Cannes might not have been big (we were) on his Tchaikovsky’s Wife, but Kirill Serebrennikov is in beast mode despite having to had to pack up bags mid shoot due to the complications of the war. Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie is in the can and has the great Ben Whishaw toplining. Viktoria Miroshnichenko from Beanpole fame his playing his wife Elena. Co-written by Pawel Pawlikowski (who was originally set to make this his film), production was split into two last year. Limonov: The Ballad of Eddie producers include Ilya Stewart, Wildside’s Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa, Chapter 2’s Dimitri Rassam.

Gist: A revolutionary militant, a thug, an underground writer, a butler to a millionaire in Manhattan. But also a switchblade waving poet, a lover of beautiful women, a warmonger, a political agitator and a novelist who wrote of his own greatness. Eduard Limonov’s life story is a journey through Russia, America and Europe during the second half of the 20th century.

Release Date/Prediction: Some folks are mentioning a Berlinale showing, but our money is on Cannes comp.

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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