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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #49. Andrea Pallaoro’s The Whale

The Whale

Director: Andrea Pallaoro
Writers: Andrea Pallaoro, Orlando Tirado

One of Italy’s most notable up-and-coming auteurs is Andrea Pallaoro, whose 2008 award winning short ‘Wunderkammer,’ preceded the critically celebrated debut Medeas in 2013 (read review), which enjoyed a very healthy festival run following its premiere in Venice (he also picked up a directing award in Marrakech). For his sophomore effort, The Whale, Pallaoro collaborates once more with writer Orlando Tirado and snagged icon Charlotte Rampling (currently enjoying awards buzz for her turn in 45 Years). Rampling plays Hannah, a woman beset by a severe crisis. Pallaoro has kept mum on the plot as the project has gone through several rounds of funding, and filming was supposed to have commenced in Belgium mid-October 2015 for six weeks (and, more recently, Pallaoro has already lined up his next gig, the fantastic sounding Beauty Salon).

Cast: Charlotte Rampling

Production Co.: Partner Media Investment, Urban Factory, Left Field Ventures

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

Release Date: If filming has already been completed, Pallaoro may have his sights on a Cannes sidebar, but it may also be reserved for a prime slot in a return to Venice.

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), 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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