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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #65. Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #65. Sophie Barthes’ The Pod Generation

The Pod Generation

We thought there was an outside chance that this third feature film The Pod Generation from French-American filmmaker Sophie Barthes would premiere late in ’22, but instead it’s heading (and among the opening films) to Sundance and it already bagged one prize in the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film award. Production on the film took place in Belgium in March of ’22, with Emilia Clarke and Chiwetel Ejiofor toplining. After Cold Souls (2009) and Madame Bovary (2014), Barthes returned to a space she knows well – human condition at a crossroads with science fiction with her brand of satire. Quad’s Yann Zenou (The Death of Stalin) and Scope’s Geneviève Lemal (Annette), Nadia Khamlichi and Martin Metz produced the project and cinematographer-hubby Andrij Parekh is a key component of the creative team.

Gist: A New York couple and their wild ride to parenthood in this brave new world by using a new tool developed by a tech giant, Pegasus.

Release Date/Prediction: This will premiere in the Premieres section at the Sundance Film Festival.

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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