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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #62. Piero Messina’s The Wait

The Wait

Director: Piero Messina // Writers: Piero Messina, Ilaria Macchia, Andrea Paolo Massara, Giacomo Bendotti

Piero Messina previously served as Assistant Director on Paolo Sorrentino’s 2013 film, The Great Beauty. He makes his directorial debut with The Wait and snagged none other than Juliette Binoche to headline his vehicle. Initially we were none to thrilled with up and coming ingénue Lou de Laage, who first landed a notable role in Daniele Thompson’s insipid It Happened in Saint Tropez (2013), but we were more impressed in her more psychologically unnerving turn in Melanie Laurent’s Breathe, which premiered at Cannes in this year’s Critics’ Week. Seasoned Italian vet Giacomo Bendotti (a supporting player in Sorrentino’s 2008 Il Divo) rounds out that cast in a narrative that concerns a mother unexpectedly meeting her son’s fiancée at a villa in Sicily and gets to know her as she waits for her son to arrive.

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laage, Girogio Colangeli

Producers: Indigo Film’s Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima and Carlotta Calori (La grande bellezza).

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: Filming took place in late summer, so there’s a possibility Messina could have the title ready for a premiere at Berlin, but we’re sure he wouldn’t have a problem gaining entry to Cannes in a sidebar or playing in competition at 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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