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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #25. Jacques Audiard’s Erran

Erran

Director: Jacques Audiard // Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré

French auteur Jacques Audiard has enjoyed considerable acclaim with his last two features. 2009’s A Prophet snagged the Jury Prize at Cannes and nine Cesars (including Best Director), while 2012’s Rust and Bone (see production pic above) snagged Marion Cotillard a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress in a Drama and was awarded four Cesars out of its nine nominations. He’s also won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1996 for A Self Made Hero, while 2005’ s The Beat That My Heart Skipped won Best Director and Film at the Cesars. Needless to say, Audiard is a heavy hitter at home and abroad, and expectations are high for his seventh feature, Erran, which is in production but being kept under wraps. Starring Vincent Rottiers (he was Jean Renoir in Gilles Bourdos’ 2012 Renoir), the film will revolve around a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an “unruly” council estate in the Parisian suburbs.

Cast: Vincent Rottiers

Producers: Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux (Blood Father), Page 114

U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects

Release Date: Already having secured US distribution, we’re assuming this will make a bow at Cannes.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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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