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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2013: #43. Pascale Ferran’s Bird People

Bird People

Director: Pascale Ferran
Writer(s): Ferran and Guillaume Bréaud
Producer(s): Archipel 35’s Denis Freyd
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Radha Mitchell, Josh Charles, Clark Johnson, Anaïs Demoustier, Roschdy Zem, Hippolyte Girardot

Not sure why we’ve waited more than seven year’s for Pascale Ferran’s fourth feature film which proposes a sort of Before Sunrises meets Terminal as her 2006 epic Lady Chatterley was perhaps one of the best literary adaptations we’ll have seen in the past decade. It cleaned up at the César Awards and won the prestigious Prix Louis Delluc. This film sees Anaïs Demoustier (random pic above) in the lead which whom we have our yearly meet-up in Cannes with since her debuts with La belle personne and Anne Novion’s Grown Ups.

Gist: An American arrives in Paris, checks into a hotel, turns off his cell phone and starts his life anew. The story takes place in the Paris area between an airport and an international hotel in its zone. All sorts of people are there, either in transit or because they live or work in this zone. This very contemporary film tries to describe today’s world but also the hopes and dreams of each and everyone within a social environment marked by the outbreak of the supernatural.

Release Date: This has been in the can for a good amount of time now, and when Berlin Film Fest didn’t announce it as part of there line-up, the next logical guess is Cannes – which sort of makes sense as she was president of the Un Certain Regard jury the year after her success.

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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