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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #151. Lorena Padilla’s Martínez

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #151. Lorena Padilla’s Martínez


A writer for Rodrigo Reyes’ 499, Mexican filmmaker Lorena Padilla has workshopped her directorial debut Berlinale Talents, Torino Film Labs and got some Guadalajara Film Festival prize money (five total) in post prod for a project that went into production in early ’22. Featuring Francisco Reyes, Humberto Busto, Martha Claudia Moreno, Martínez is comedy that is coined as human connections in big cities. We got a good feeling about this one.

Gist: Martinez, a lonely accountant who really prizes his daily monotony, is pushed by his hierarchy to retire. While his life stability is threatened, his neighbor, a woman of his age, is found dead in her home after several days. Although he has never met her, her death will make him realize that his life is still ahead of him.

Release Date/Prediction: A Venice preem is possible and San Sebastian Film Festival showing is very likely.

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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