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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #171. Patric Chiha’s The Beast in the Jungle

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #171. Patric Chiha’s The Beast in the Jungle

La bête dans la jungle

Austrian Patric Chiha reunited with Béatrice Dalle and returned to fiction form almost a decade later back in November of ’21. After a year in post … The Beast in the Jungle will be surely hitting a fest soon enough. Chiha shares co-writing creds with Axelle Ropert and Jihane Chouaib for the adaptation Henry James’ 1903 eponymous short story. Shot in Brussels, Vicky Krieps and Gaspard Ulliel were originally attached to the project, but this sees Anaïs Demoustier and Tom Mercier topline instead. Aurora Films’ Charlotte Vincent and Katia Khazak produce. Chiha was last in Berlin with the Teddy Award winning docu Si c’était de l’amour (2020).

Gist: For 25 years, in an enormous nightclub, a man and a woman watch and wait for an unknown event. From 1979 to 2004, we follow the evolution of disco to techno music, the story of a love, the story of an obsession. Eventually, this “thing” manifests itself, but it takes a far more tragic form than expected…

Release Date/Prediction: The team will try to temp Cannes programmers if they didn’t try in the previous year, but this will likely compete for the Golden Bear in Berlin.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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