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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #66. Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #66. Sam Mendes’ Empire of Light

Empire of Light

Slightly “downgrading” in budget and no necessarily “scope,” Sam Mendes‘ tenth outing (backed by Searchlight) will employ Olivia Colman, Michael Ward, Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Crystal Clarke and Tanya Moodie in the era of materialism, consumerism, and crap blockbuster movies. What’s noteworthy here is that Empire of Light will count as Mendes’ first solo screen cred.

Gist: This is a love story set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s.

Release Date/Prediction: Venice Film Festival, Telluride, TIFF, NYFF and BFI London Film Festival are all in the cards if this film is completed on time.

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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