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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #101. Enfant Terrible – Oskar Roehler

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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #101. Enfant Terrible – Oskar Roehler

Enfant Terrible

Oskar Roehler is one of Germany’s most well-traveled directors, so his desire to mount a portrayal of Rainer Werner Fassbinder in his latest feature Enfant Terrible isn’t surprising. Produced by Markus Zimmer through Bavaria Filmproduktion, Roehler taps Oliver Masucci (who played Hitler in the adaptation of Look Who’s Back) to play Fassbinder. His supporting cast consists of Katja Riemann, Hary Prinz, Anton Rattinger, Felix Hellmann, Erdal Yildiz, Jochen Schropp, Sunnyi Melles and Isolde Barth. Roehler premiered his 2004 title Agnes and His Brothers in the Horizons sidebar in Venice and competed in Sundance’s World Dramatic competition in 2009 with Lulu and Jimi. He competed in Karlovy Vary in 2000 with No Place to Go (which also played in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and picked up an award in Rotterdam) and again in 2013 with Sources of Life. Roehler has competed three times in Berlin, with 2003’s Angst, 2006’s Atomised and 2010’s Jew Suss: Rise and Fall.

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Gist: Roehler, with co-scribe Klaus Richter, looks to interpret the life and impact of the iconic German New Wave director, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

Release Date/Prediction: Roehler was readying the film for production in late October of 2019. We expect him to make a reappearance in Venice, perhaps snagging a competition slot.

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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