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The Deep House - Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #108. The Deep House – Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #108. The Deep House – Alexandre Bustillo & Julien Maury

The Deep House

French horror duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury are set to return with a vengeance in 2020, potentially premiering two features. The second looks to be their sixth project, The Deep House, produced by Clement Miserez. Cast and crew have yet to be revealed, though the underwater scenes for the French-Belgian production were filmed at the Lites water studio. Bustillo & Maury became instantly of note with their 2007 debut Inside, which premiered at Critics’ Week in Cannes. Their 2011 follow-up Livid went to TIFF’s Midnight Madness and 2014’s Among the Living premiered at SXSW. Their last film was their English language debut, Leatherface (2017). Their other 2020 feature will be Kandisha.

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Gist: Hip young couple Tina and Ben travel to France as YouTube photojournalists, who dive into an obscure lake to photograph a submerged house. However, they awaken a nasty spirit residing in the house.

Release Date/Prediction: With footage revealed during 2019 AFM, it would appear The Deep House is completed. As their other feature Kandisha will also be seeking a premiere, Maury and Bustillo will likely have at least one of their new features in TIFF 2020 in Midnight Madness (where both Inside and Livid premiered). However, their relationship with SXSW and Cannes could also see a return to either platform (although Cannes would most likely mean a Directors’ Fortnight bow).

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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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