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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #87. Theodore Ushev’s Phi 1.618

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #87. Theodore Ushev’s Phi 1.618

Phi 1.618

One of the best filmmakers to ever work with the National Film Board of Canada, Bulgarian Montrealer Theodore Ushev might be considered as a crown jewel on contemporary animation short film scene. Sometime after 2019’s The Physics of Sorrow, Ushev embarked on his feature film debut – which mixes live-action footage with animation and saw the filmmaker return to his homeland. Titled Phi 1.618, the project was shot in the fall of 2020 in the Bulgarian backdrop alongside cinematographer Emil Christov (Zift) and written by Tzvetan Todorov – based on his own novel, The Spinning Top – a Bulgarian-French historian and philosopher. This film festival circuit favorite plunges its viewers into an over-the-top dystopian future.

Gist: A darkly animated punk girl bedevils the brutalist world of a new breed of loveless immortal men.

Release Date/Prediction: Of course when a film is animated we could be way off with its final arrival date but a Venice showing, and possible competition slot for a first work could be a possibility.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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