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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #33. Nicolas Saada’s Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal

Director: Nicolas Saada // Writer: Nicolas Saada

Snagging a Cesar Award nomination for Best Debut in 2010 for Espion(s), director Nicolas Saada has assembled an intriguing international cast for his sophomore feature, the thriller Taj Mahal. Stacy Martin of Nymphomaniac, Italy’s Alba Rohrwacher, British actress Gina McKee from Desplechin’s Jimmy P., and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing from Hansen-Love’s Father of My Children populate this India set thriller revolving around the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Formerly a critic, Saada’s film deals with an 18 year old girl trapped in the eponymous hotel, separated from her family when a terrorist attack rages outside. Meanwhile, inside the hotel, the situation is also dire.

Cast: Stacy Martin, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Gina McKee, Alba Rohrwacher

Producers: Agat Films & Cie/Ex Nihilo’s Patrick Sobelman (Of Snails and Men), France 3 Cinema.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: With the buzz surrounding Saada’s sophomore film, this would be a great title to premiere in Critics’ Week or Directors’ Fortnight.


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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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