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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #63. Elie Wajeman’s Les Anarchistes

Les Anarchistes

Director: Elie Wajeman // Writers: Elie Wajeman, Gaelle Mace

Elie Wajeman’s directorial debut, Aliyah, landed at Cannes in 2012 in the Director’s Fortnight. An interesting character study that headlined Pio Marmai as a drug dealer hoping to start afresh in Israel also co-starred Adele Haenel and Cedric Kahn. Wajeman’s latest is a period piece, and he’s cast two hot commodities in the leads, Tahar Rahim and from Blue is the Warmest Color, Adele Exarchopoulos. Set in 1899 Paris, a young police sergeant is chosen to infiltrate a group of anarchists, an opportunity he sees to rise through the ranks. However, he soon finds himself becoming attached to the group.

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Cedric Kahn

Producers: 24 Mai Production’s Lola Gans (La France), France 2 Cinema, Mars Films

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

Release Date: We’re expecting Wajeman to be ready in time for Cannes, and with the pedigree at hand seems a shoe-in for the Un Certain Regard section.


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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