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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #70. Sacha Polak’s Silver Haze

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #70. Sacha Polak’s Silver Haze

Silver Haze

For her fourth feature film, Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak appears to be moving into an area that blurs the lines – promising “a fictional story with documentary components.” Returning to the Berlinale next month for a third time, Polak’s 2012 debut Hemel was followed by 2015’s Zurich and 2019’s Dirty God (Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition selection and Rotterdam). Silver Haze won a Les Arcs Festival Work-in-Progress special mention for its “striking cinematography, and the way Polak works with the actors” Re-teaming with her Dirty God actress Vicky Knight (who inspired Polak – as this feature utilizes part of Knight’s past), this also features Esmé Creed-Miles, Charlotte Knight, Archie Brigden and Angela Bruce. Worth noting the backdrop here was London and Southend. Viking Film’s Marianne Slot (Rojo) produces once again for Polak, and the filmmaker re-teamed with cinematographer Tibor Dingelstad — they worked together on two episodes of the television series “Hanna.”

Gist: Franky (Vicky Knight) comes from a gritty East London borough and works as a nurse. When she falls head over heels in love with her patient Florence, her life changes profoundly. A film about coming to terms with the past, social origins and the need to belong.

Release Date/Prediction: This will be featured in the Panorama section at the Berlinale next month.

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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