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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015: #10. Sergei Loznitsa’s Babi Yar

Babi Yar

Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Writer: Sergei Loznitsa
Producers: Rick McCallum, Arte France Cinema
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Cast of hundreds, thousands.

Documentarian filmmakers Sergei Loznitsa made a fascinating entrance into narrative filmmaking back in 2010 with My Joy, followed by In the Fog in 2012. Now, he’s preparing his most ambitious narrative film yet with this dire tale, which was just announced as being backed by Arte France Cinema. While little is known beyond the subject matter, Loznitsa’s treatment is bound to be as visually poetic as it will be profoundly disturbing and with the current climate in Ukraine, we imagine a timely one.

Gist: Concerns the Babi Yar massacre of September 1941 when 30,000 Jews were killed by Nazi troops over a three-day period.

Release Date: If this begins filming in 2014, we’re hoping to see this at Cannes 2015. Next: Our number 9 pick…

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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