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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #86. Danny Boyle’s Trance


Director: Danny Boyle
Writer(s): Joe Ahearne, John Hodge
Producer(s): Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson
U.S. Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

Just when you’re about to flip the off-switch and let Cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle rush us with odd angles and neons, Danny Boyle decides to reunite with (Shallow Grave and Trainspotting) writer John Hodge on what the filmmaker asserts is a nouveau kind of noir. A specialist in placing characters in the most extreme situations (see Sunshine, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours), we look forward in seeing how James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel make their way out of this maze.

Gist: An art auctioneer (McAvoy) who has become mixed up with a group of criminals partners with a hypnotherapist (Dawson) in order to recover a lost painting.

Release Date: Brits will get to see the film in March, but Fox Searchlight hasn’t delivered a Stateside festival playdate. Could this break into the Tribeca Film Festival if they give it a spring release?

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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