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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #40. Untitled Philippe Lesage Project

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #40. Untitled Philippe Lesage Project

The highest-ranked Canadian filmmaker on this year’s list moved into production on his fourth feature film back in August of last year. After 2015’s Les démons, 2016’s Copenhague – A Love Story and the Locarno preemed Genèse (2018), Philippe Lesage moves into (and returns) to the woods just outside Montreal with what is another young adult-orientated narrative but in a maze that includes the power dynamics of adults and where masculinity might take on an uppercut. Sometimes you should not meet your idols. Formerly titled “Un grand homme,” this Canadian-France production mixes recognizable players from both sides of the Atlantic and Olla (check out our interview) and 2022 Critics’ Week La jauría cinematographer Balthazar Lab is onboard here.

Gist: 16-year-old Jeff is invited by his best friend’s family to stay at a huge estate, isolated in the depths of the woods, where the legendary Blake Cadieux, a great director whom he admires, lives. Secretly in love with Alyosha, his friend’s big sister, Jeff experiences intense emotions during this extraordinary stay.

Release Date/Prediction: Our money is on a Venice film festival premiere – the Orizzonti section.

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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