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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #40. Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution

Evolution

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic // Writers: Alanté Kavaïté, Lucile Hadzihalilovic

While she’s mostly known for having co-written Gaspar Noe’s infamous 2009 film, Enter the Void, Lucile Hadzihalilovic is an accomplished director of her own right, having made the underappreciated 2004 film Innocence (trailer below), which is a strange, meditative, and very creepy film about a boarding school for young girls and starred Marion Cotillard. Now, she’s back over a decade later with her sophomore film, Evolution. The story revolves around 11-year-old Nicolas, who lives with his mother in a seaside housing estate. The only place that ever sees any activity is the hospital. It is there that all the boys from the village are forced to undergo strange medical trials that attempt to disrupt the phases of evolution. Hadzihalilovic cites The Island of Dr. Moreau as inspiration, and the film stars Roxane Duran (supporting player from The White Ribbon, 17 Girls, and Melanie Laurent’s Breathe) – she’s the one on the left in the playful on set pic.

Cast: Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Production Co.: Les Films du Worso, Noodles Production.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Filming took place in Spain this past summer, and this sounds like a lock for something like at the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in 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, TIFF and AFI. His top 3 theatrical releases for 2017: Andrei Konchalovsky's Paradise, Amat Escalante's The Untamed and Terence Davies' A Quiet Passion.

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