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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #62. Gilles Marchand’s Dans la forêt

Dans la forêt

Director: Gilles Marchand
Writers: Gilles Marchand, Dominik Moll

French director Gilles Marchand is better known as a screenwriter, usually collaborating with director Dominik Moll (he wrote Moll’s latest project, News From Planet Mars, which also appears on our list). But 2016 sees Marchand unveil is third feature, Dans la forêt (In the Forest), concerning two preadolescent boys as they visit their father in Stockholm for the holidays. Except dad wants to bring the boys to a secluded hut in the woods, perhaps without an intention of returning. The basic synopsis of this thriller has shades of Andrey Zvagintsev’s 2003 debut, The Return, but we expect something a bit more outlandish from Marchand.

Cast: Jeremie Elkaim, Timothe Vom Dorp, Theo Van de Voorde

Production Co.: Les Films de Francoise, Gotafilm

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

Release Date: Marchand’s previous features both showed up at Cannes, including his entertaining Cesar nominated debut Who Killed Bambi?, which played out of competition, and then in UCR with the disappointing video game thriller Black Heaven. We’re assuming he’s got another shot at UCR, or perhaps Directors’ Fortnight due to genre elements.

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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