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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films for 2015: #4. Andrzej Zulawski’s Dark Matter

Dark Matter

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Writer: Andrzej Zulwaski
Producer: Marcin Wierzchoslawski
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Unknown

We’re trying to keep hope alive on this project, which would be the first film helmed by Andrzej Zulawaki since 2000’s La Fidelite, which starred his then wife, Sophie Marceau. Twin 2012 retrospectives in New York and Los Angeles saw a resurgence in interest in Zulawski’s thrilling and overlooked filmography and some traction on this new project was underway that year. However, there’s been little else detailed about the status of the project, until the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival honored Zulawski with a Lifetime Achievement Award where the director also participated in Fantasia’s Frontieres Co-Production Market. We’re sincerely hoping he got the backing he needed for Zulawski is true cinematic anomaly, a director whose strange visions are unlike any other.

Gist: A noir tinged plot featuring a metaphysical burglary centers around a son inheriting a company upon his father’s death, and the discovery of a mysterious notebook which seems to reveal strange circumstances from his father’s past. As with a most Zulawski films, we can expect a surreal and/or hellish world of emotional and hysterical intensity.

Release Date: If everything comes together correctly, this could see a splash at Cannes, or, depending on financing, be funneled into odd slots at other prestigious venues. Next: Our number 3 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), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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