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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #96. Lena Dunham’s Catherine, Called Birdy

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #96. Lena Dunham’s Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

While Tiny Furniture dates back to 2010, Lena Dunham was hardly inactive working in television, acting, writing books and typing out essays. In 2022 we expect not one, but two feature films to drop – the first being Sharp Stick (which is set to premiere at Sundance in a couple of weeks) and this project, she shot across the pond. Backed by Amazon Studios, if you’re going to see one PG-13 film in 2022 – perhaps Catherine, Called Birdy is it. The British backed production is a comer-of-ager that sees Bella Ramsey in the lead role of Birdy, surrounded by Dunham, Billie Piper, Andrew Scott and Joe Alwyn, production took place in March of 2021. Perhaps we’ll get something along the lines of Greta Gerwig’s Little Women? Carter Burwell wrote the adventure’s score, while Ben Wheatley’s Cinematographer Laurie Rose helped shoot the film.

Gist: Based on the 1994 children’s novel by Karen Cushman, this is set in 13th century Medieval England, this follows a 14-year-old girl named Catherine (Ramsey) who “bucks against convention,” namely the arranged marriages her father (Scott) has planned for her.

Release Date/Prediction: If things return to a new normal, expect the Toronto Intl. Film Festival programmers to try and draw the project in for a red carpet preem most likely tied to a fall yet to be announced release.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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