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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #83. Emmanuelle Bercot’s La Fille de Brest

La Fille de Brest

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot
Writers: Emmanuelle Bercot, Severine Bosschem

2015 was an exceptional year for writer/director Emmanuelle Bercot. She was the second woman in the history of the Cannes Film Festival whose film opened the event with her fourth feature Standing Tall, and she won Best Actress for her performance in Maiwenn’s Mon Roi. Bercot dove into her next feature La Fille de Brest (initially titled 150 Milligrams), a reenactment of a famed anti-diabetic drug Mediator health scandal via the story of Irene Frachon’s 2009 revelation. It’s been described as a French Erin Brockovich vehicle and stars excellent Sidse Babett Knudsen (recently of Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy and Christian Vincent’s Courted). The film also stars notable French actor Benoit Magimel (The Piano Teacher; Little White Lies).

Cast: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoit Magimel

Production Co./Producer(s): Haut et Court’sCarole Scott and Caroline Benjo, France 2 Cinema

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

Release Date: Considering the glowing attention she received last year, we’re assuming Bercot will be courting Cannes again since the film’s shoot began in late November, 2015.

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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