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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #173. Thea Hvistendahl’s Handling the Undead

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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #173. Thea Hvistendahl’s Handling the Undead

Handling the Undead (Håndtering av udøde)

A directorial debut that reunites thesps Renate Reinsve and Anders Danielsen Lie for a third occasion, Norwegian helmer Thea Hvistendahl got a major boost from the Neon folks swooping in and grabbing the title back in September. Described as a character-driven horror/drama dealing with fundamental emotions around grief and mortality. The cast also includes Bjørn Sundquist and Bente Børsum. Einar Film’s Kristin Emblem and Guri Neby are producing.

Gist: On an abnormally hot summer day in Oslo, a strange electric field surrounds the city as a collective migraine spreads across town. TVs, lightbulbs, and electronics go haywire, the chaos reaching a debilitating crescendo when suddenly, it’s over. The battle of accepting what we can’t control which weaves together three families through their loss.

Release Date/Prediction: We could see this land in the Critics’ Week in Cannes.

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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