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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #12. Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s Kebab Royal

Kebab Royal

Director: Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth // Writer: Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth

A Belgian directing duo that you may be unfamiliar with but shouldn’t be is Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth. Starting out as documentarians, they segued into narrative film with 2006’s Khadak, eventually spinning a loosely related trilogy with 2009’s Altiplano and 2012’s The Fifth Season (2012). While it’s possible to obtain copies of the first two, for some confounding reason, their last feature never received distribution in the US even though it’s a fascinating, transfixing film. They’ve recently received another round of funding for their latest feature, Kebab Royal, descried as “a hair-raising quintessence of European fairy tales around the last king of the Belgians lost in the Balkans.”

Cast: Not available.

Production Co.: Bo Films’ Peter Brosens, Artémis’ Patrick Quinet (Almayer’s Folly), Topkapi Films’ Frans Van Gestel (Nude Area).

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Filming is slated to begin this spring, so we’re unsure if this will be ready in time for a 2015 release, but there remains a slight possibility of it being so, particularly since two parts of their trilogy premiered in Venice.

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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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