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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #104. The River – Ghassan Salhab

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #104. The River – Ghassan Salhab

The River

For his fifth feature-length production, Senegal’s Ghassan Salhab embarks on The River, a French co-production, like several of his past features, set in Lebanon. Produced through Lebanon’s Khamsin Films and France’s Surviance, the title stars Ali Suliman (of Paradise Now, also cast in Terrence Malick’s next feature The Last Planet and Yumna Marwan (Mounia Akl’s Submarine, 2016). Salhab’s 2002 film Terra incognita premiered in Un Certain Regard at Cannes and his 2006 feature The Last Man competed in Locarno under Filmmakers of the Present.

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Gist: A young woman and man meet for lunch in restaurant nestled in the mountainous regions of Lebanon. Suddenly war seems to break out all around them. They are forced to retreat into nature.

Release Date/Prediction: Currently in post-production, Salhab could make his first appearance in Berlin with The River.

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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