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Most Anticipated Films for 2015: An Overview

Last month, we unveiled our all-encompassing, most anticipated films for the current year in film. Now we peer into a future that is a little past the limits of 2014 thus we find ourselves with a quickie overview of the Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015. Curated by our Nicholas Bell, with a little luck, we might see less than a finger count on one hand sum of films break this year, but for the most part, a good deal of these projects have planned 2014/15 production start dates. Here are 100 projects/filmmakers worth keeping tabs on (picks 100 to 11)

100. The Double Hour – Dir. Joshua Marston
99. Lila & Eve – Dir. Charles Stone III
98. Legacy of Secrecy – Dir. David O. Russell
97. The Theory of Everything – James Marsh
96. Elvis and Nixon – Dir. Liza Johnson
95. Hier – Dir. Balint Kenyeres
94. Timeless – Dir. Vadim Perelman
93. Wonderful Tonight – Dir. Christine Jeffs
92. Rocketman – Dir. Dagur Kari
91. Passengers – Dir. Brian Kirk
90. Sweet Cheeks – Dir. Todd Rohal
89. One Last Thing Before I Go – Dir. Mike Nichols
88. Nobody Wants the Night – Dir. Isabel Coixet
87. Fear – Dir. Damien Odoul
86. The Dressmaker – Dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse
85. Burial Rites – Dir. Gary Ross
84. White People – Dir. Lisa Aschan
83. High Head – Dir. Emmanuell Bercot
82. A Second Chance – Dir. Susanne Bier
81. What Happened to Monday? – Dir. Tommy Wirkola
80. Strangerland – Dir. Kim Ferrant
79. Pet Sematary – Dir. Juan Carlos Fresnillado
78. Manson Family Vacation – Dir. J. Davis
77. Untitled Rian Johnson Sci-fi Project – Dir. Rian Johnson
76. Still Alice – Dir. Richard Glatzer& Wash Westmoreland
75. Floating Gardens – Dir. Majid Majidi
74. Oyster – Dir. Alistair Banks Griffin
73. Untitled Benh Zeitlin Project – Dir. Benh Zeitlin
72. Return to Ithaca – Dir. Laurent Cantet
71. Untitled James Ponsoldt Clinton Project – Dir. James Ponsoldt
70. A Quiet Passion – Dir. Terence Davies
69. Blonde – Dir. Andrew Dominik
68. Sicario – Dir. Denis Villeneuve
67. Meadowland – Dir. Reed Morano
66. Regression – Dir. Alejandro Amenabar
65. Paradise – Dir. Peter Mullan
64. Satisfactions – Dir. Robert Cantarella
63. Lobbyists – Dir. Terence Nance
62. Schoolboys In Disgrace – Dir. Bobcat Goldthwaite
61. To Be Two – Dir. David Lowery
60. Silence – Dir. Martin Scorsese
59. Sleeping With Other People – Dir. Leslye Headland
58. Freezing People Is Easy – Dir. Errol Morris
57. The Commune – Dir. Thomas Vinterberg
56. Liquid Courage – Dir. Shaka King
55. Souers – Dir. Malgorzata Szumowska
54. Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project – Dir. Gerardo Naranjo
53. Boy Choir – Dir. Francois Girard
52. The Light Between Oceans – Dir. Derek Cianfrance
51. Anne Frank – Dir. Ari Folman
50. Ned Rifle – Dir. Hal Hartley
49. Creed – Dir. Ryan Coogler
48. Happy Valley – Dir. Brian De Palma
47. Girl King – Dir. Maki Kaurismaki
46. House of Isaura – Dir. Benedek Fliegauf
45. A Hologram for a King – Dir. Tom Tykwer
44. Black Kid – Dir. Rose Troche
43. The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman – Dir. Guy Maddin
42. The Beginning of Spring – Dir. Peter Strickland
41. Straight Outta Compton – Dir. F. Gary Gray
40. The Womb – Dir. Gregg Araki
39. While We’re Young – Dir. Noah Baumbach
38. Queen of the Desert – Dir. Werner Herzog
37. Pasolini – Dir. Abel Ferrera
36. The Outsider – Dir. Takashi Miike
35. A Most Violent Year – Dir. J.C. Chandor
34. Love or Die – Dir. Monte Hellman
33. In the Future – Dir. Paolo Sorrentino
32. The Dying of the Light – Dir. Paul Schrader
31. Les Chevalier Blanc – Dir. Joachim Lafosse
30. The Creed of Violence – Dir. Todd Field
29. The Brigands of Rattleborge – Park Chan-wook
28. Blackbird – Dir. David Mamet
27. Crimson Peak – Dir. Guillermo Del Toro
26. Beasts of No Nation – Dir. Cary Fukunaga
25. The Grief Of Others – Dir. Patrick Wang
24. D – Dir. Roman Polanski
23. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan – Dir. Xavier Dolan
22. Le Tout Nouveau Testament – Dir. Jaco Van Dormael
21. The Diary of a Chambermaid – Dir. Benoit Jacquot
20. Fela Kuti – Dir. Andrew Dosunmu
19. The Childhood of a Leader – Dir. Brady Corbet
18. The Sleeping Shepherd – Dir. Frank Hudec
17. The Thousand and One Nights – Dir. Miguel Gomes
16. Iguazu – Dir. Sebastian Lelio
15. 45 Years – Dir. Andrew Haigh
14. Zama – Dir. Lucretia Martel
13. At the Manor – Dir. Cristi Puiu
12. Let the Bodies Sunbathe! – Dir. Helen Cattet & Bruno Forzani

#11. The Ivory Girl – Dir. Abdellatif Kechiche

Well, we’re hoping the extraordinary Abdellatif Kechiche decides to move on from the aftermath drama of Blue Is the Warmest Color to helm this tentative project, announced in September of 2013 as his next possible film, a biopic on pornographic film star Marilyn Chambers, All-American gal in the Ivory Soap commercials who briefly dabbled in mainstream cinema as well. While Kechiche has starred in English language films, he has yet to direct one, and we’re thinking this could be a compelling biopic in his accomplished hands. Next: Our number 10 pick…

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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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