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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #42. The Nest – Sean Durkin

Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #42. The Nest – Sean Durkin

The Nest

Eight years after the success of his 2011 debut Martha Marcy May Marlene, Sean Durkin resurfaces with sophomore feature The Nest, a Canadian-U.K. production, rather than the Janis Joplin biopic he’s been developing for most of the decade. Produced by Ed Guiney, Derrin Schlesinger, Rose Garnett, Amy Jackson and Christina Piovesan, the film stars Jude Law, Carrie Coon and Anne Reid. U.K. Cinematographer Mátyás Erdély and film editor Matthew Hannam who teamed with Josh Mond on James White, return to the Borderline Films original crew here. Durkin won the Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, which he followed with the 2013 British television mini-series “Southcliffe.”

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Gist: This follows Rory (Jude Law), an ambitious entrepreneur who brings his American wife and kids to his native country, England, to explore new business opportunities. After abandoning the sanctuary of their safe American suburban surroundings, the family is plunged into the despair of an archaic ’80s Britain and their unaffordable new life in an English manor house threatens to destroy the family. As the eerie isolation of the house pushes the family further apart, each person descends into a self- destructive cycle, leaving everyone unsure if their family will survive this life altering displacement.

Release Date/Prediction: The Nest will premiere at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres program.

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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