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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #5. Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s Dau


Director: Ilya Khrzhanovsky
Writer(s): Khrzhanovsky and Vladimir Sorokin
Producer(s): Coproduction Office’s Philippe Bober & Artyom Vasilev
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: TBA

Winner at Rotterdam in 2005 for his debut film 4, Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s artistic ambition is unmatched by any I’ve seen in a very long time. His second feature film has turned into a real life Synecdoche, New York. A production so epic that it mkes Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut appear like an easy shoot. An on-going production that took a life of its own has had thousands of extras, has taken over an entire town and has stretched well beyond the norms in terms of what occurs on set. As described by some published articles, we either have a mad genius or a mad man running the show.

Gist: This is a biographical film about Lev Landau.

Release Date: Crossing my fingers for Cannes this year.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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