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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 IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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