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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #148. Sebastian Mihăilescu’s Mammalia

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #148. Sebastian Mihăilescu’s Mammalia


Production on Sebastian Mihăilescu‘s debut film (it was known as Double Happiness then) in October of 2021 and it received an invite to Berlinale’s Forum section. The Romanian filmmaker’s Mammalia is described as a surreal drama exploring contemporary masculinity via a man who wakes to discover his penis has disappeared during the night. Bucharest is the film’s backdrop. Microfilm’s Diana Păroiu and Ada Solomon produced the film. The cast includes István Téglás, Mălina Manovici, Denisa Nicolae, Steliana Bălăcianu, Rolando Matsangos, Mirela Crețan, Andreea Gheorghe, Mircea Bujoreanu, Marian Pîrvu, Dan Zarug Mihai, and Elena Chingălată.

Gist: This follows a 39-year-old man who embarks on a dreamlike journey where the mundane and the fantastic intertwine. With the loss of control over his job, social status and love relationship, he ventures on a quest that makes him question his identity and masculinity. Following his partner, he ends up in a bizarre community with disturbing rituals, where he eventually experiences a tragicomic reversal of roles.

Release Date/Prediction: This was invited to the Berlinale’s Forum section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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