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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #74. Mandibules – Quentin Dupieux

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #74. Mandibules – Quentin Dupieux


Quentin Dupieux shows no signs of slowing, with his eighth feature Mandibules a new premiere in three consecutive years. Produced by Hugo Selignac and Vincent Mazel, Dupieux lines up another interesting concoction in casting with his latest, starring Gregoire Ludig and David Marsais (the comedy duo known as Palmashow) alongside celebrated actors Adèle Exarchopoulos, Anaïs Demoustier and India Hair. Belgian rapper Romeo Elvis plus Coralie Russier and Bruno Lochet round out the cast. Dupieux became an immediate cult figure following his 2010 sophomore film Rubber, which played in Critics’ Week at Cannes. 2012’s Wrong competed in the World Dramatic program at Sundance 2012, while 2013’s Wrong Cops premiered in Locarno. 2014’s Reality went to the Horizons sidebar in Venice and 2018’s Keep an Eye Out won the Best Screenplay prize at Sitges. In 2019, Dupieux opened the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes with Deerskin.

MUBI World Cinema

Gist: Two simple-minded friends find a giant fly alive inside a car boot. They decide to train the giant insect and use it to make money.

Release Date/Prediction: Dupieux began production in the South of France in September, 2019. The director seems likely to return to Cannes with his eighth feature, most likely in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar.

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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