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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #41. Michel Franco’s Chronic

Chronic

Director: Michel Franco// Writer: Michel Franco

Provocateur Michel Franco has already built an impressive filmography with two highly divisive films, including his 2009 debut Daniel and Ana and his 2012 sophomore effort After Lucia, which won the Un Certain Regard at Cannes 2012 (where we interviewed the Mexican filmmaker). While his third feature, To the Eyes, co-directed with his sister Victoria, premiered at the Morelia Film Festival and hasn’t navigated into any sort of distribution deal, Franco’s in the midst of completing his fourth film, English language debut Chronic, starring Tim Roth (who was on the Un Certain Regard Jury in 2012). We have very high expectations for the latest Franco flick which tracks a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned.

Cast: Tim Roth, Bitsie Tulloch, Claire van der Boom

Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon (Day Out of Days), Gabriel Ripstein (600 Millas), Moisés Zonana (After, Lucia)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: It’s unlikely that this will be ready for Cannes, but we’re hoping Franco returns to prominence on the fall fest circuit with this before it reaches theatrical release.

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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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