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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #82. Sofia Exarchou’s Animal / Maria Drandaki

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #82. Sofia Exarchou’s Animal


She saw her feature debut Park break out at major A fests such as TIFF, San Sebastián and Rotterdam, Sofia Exarchou would get a helping hand for her sophomore project workshopping at the Cannes Cinefondation’s L’Atelier. Animal would have gone into production in October, and tells the story of a group of entertainers who work at an all-inclusive island resort unfolds amid games, dance shows and nightly encounters that take place quietly behind the scenes. Produced by Homemade Films’ Maria Drandaki and Maria Kontogianni. We can’t wait.

Gist: A group of animateurs performs every night on the stage of Hotel Mirage, on the coast of a Greek island. As summer intensifies, the fiesta becomes fiercer, more daring. The nights turn violent, and the pop trance of flamboyance gives way to the rough void of yet another drunken extravaganza. A wild summer story is revealed in the darkness. But when the spotlights are on again, their show must go on.

Release Date/Prediction: Venice Film Festival – Giornate Degli Autori 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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