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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #26. Terence Davies’ Sunset Song

Sunset Song

Director: Terence Davies // Writers: Terence Davies, Lewis Crassic Gribbon

While his famous early works were inspired around his incredibly bleak childhood, with a famed trilogy of shorts followed by Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988) and The Long Day Closes (1992), the infrequently working auteur Terence Davies has seemed keen on adapting pieces of classic literature, including John Kennedy Toole’s The Neon Bible (1995), Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth (2000), and most recently the Terence Ratigan play The Deep Blue Sea (2011), which starred Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston. Another four years have passed and we’re at last hoping to see Davies’ latest, Sunset Song, based on a the 1932 classic Scottish title from Lewis Crassic Gribbon, which is centered on the strong female protagonist Chris Guthrie, growing up amongst a dysfunctional family in the north east of Scotland in 1900. Actress Agyness Deyn will have the chance to prove herself and has great shoes to fill (she’s previously been seen in Luis Prieto’s unnecessary remake of Refn’s Pusher, and starred as Aphrodite in the remake of Clash of the Titans).

Cast: Peter Mullan, Agyness Deyn, Douglas Rankine

Production Co.: Holdings Ecosse, Hurricane Films, Iris Productions

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Davies has competed in Cannes with The Long Day Closes and The Neon Bible, so we’re expecting him to see a long awaited return there.

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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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