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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #105. Ironbark – Dominic Cooke

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #105. Ironbark – Dominic Cooke


For his sophomore film, the UK’s Dominic Cooke tackles the Cold War in Ironbark, produced by Adam Ackland, Rory Aitken, Ben Browning, and Ben Pugh. Lensed by Sean Bobbitt (who has served as DP on all of Steve McQueen’s films), the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, and Jessie Buckley. BAFTA nominated for his work on the 2016 television series “The Hollow Crown,” Cooke’s first feature, the 2017 adaptation of the Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach (review), starring Saoirse Ronan, premiered at TIFF.

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Gist: Written by Tom O’Connor (The Hitman’s Bodyguard, 2017), Cumberbatch stars as a spy working in conjunction with his Russian source to prevent the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Release Date/Prediction: Ironbark is set to premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section.

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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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