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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #36. Atom Egoyan’s Devils’ Knot

Devils’ Knot

Director: Atom Egoyan
Writer(s): Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson
Producer(s): Boardman, Elizabeth Fowler, Clark Peterson, Richard Saperstein, Christopher Woodrow
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Dane DeHaan, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Mireille Enos, Alessandro Nivola, Amy Ryan

Do we really need another feature based on the West Memphis Three. The short answer is: YES. Does Atom Egoyan need a career relaunch? The answer is once again yes. His last great film was 1997’s The Sweet Hereafter.

Gist: Penned by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson and based on Mara Leveritt’s Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, Reese Witherspoon stars as Pam Hobbs, the intrepid mother of murder victim Stevie Hobbs, and Colin Firth plays private investigator Ron Lax, whose tireless efforts uncovered troubling details about the case ultimately led to the release of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin after 18 years in prison.

Release Date: If strong enough, this could easily be included at the Cannes film festival. If not, a TIFF premiere instead.

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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