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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #31. Terence Davies’ A Quiet Passion

A Quiet Passion

Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies

In his four decades of filmmaking, British auteur Terence Davies has never unveiled consecutive projects, until now. Following his Toronto Film Festival premiered Sunset Song (which was also the unveiling platform for his 2011 The Deep Blue Sea), Davies has completed A Quiet Passion, a biopic of American poet Emily Dickinson, with Cynthia Nixon starring as the reclusive artist. Strangely enough, 2016 will also see another portrait of Dickinson from American filmmaker Madeleine Olnek with Molly Shannon. Davies seems to be taking a more comprehensive route, and following Nixon’s unforgettable turn in this year’s James White from Josh Mond, we’re anxious to see her take on the iconic poet, a bleak, lonely subject who should fit neatly into Davies’ cinematic interest.

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May, Duncan Duff

Production Co.: Hurricane Films, Indomitable Entertainment, WeatherVane Productions

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: Davies is an incredibly notable auteur, so one can’t count out the possibility of Cannes since the project is currently in post-production. But if it doesn’t show up at the Croisette, then we’d bet on TIFF.

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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