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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #39. Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire

Free Fire

Director: Ben Wheatley
Writers: Ben Wheatley, Amy Jump

British director Ben Wheatley returns with his sixth feature, Free Fire, after amassing a wildly popular following thanks to is offbeat genre sensibilities with films like Kill List (2011) and Sightseers (2012). After the psychedelic A Field in England (2013) and his wildly underrated riff on Nicolas Roeg/Ken Russell territory with an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise (2015), Wheatley seems to be headed into even more idiosyncratic territory. We’re thrilled to see him already in post-production on another, a 1970s Boston set thriller about a gang war and a fight for survival within the confines of an abandoned warehouse. Wheatley collaborates once more with Amy Jump on the screenplay, their fifth feature together, while amassing a group of rising young stars in the cast.

Cast: Armie Hammer, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Sam Riley, Sharlto Copley, Michael Smiley

Production Co./Producers: Andrew Starke, Rook Films

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

Release Date: We expected last year’s High-Rise to pop up at Cannes, instead competing at TIFF in the Platform program. With an equally lucrative cast headlining his latest, we’re once again betting on Cannes if this isn’t ready in time for Berlin.

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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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