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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #12. Guillaume Nicloux’s Dans les bois

The Wandering

Director: Guillaume Nicloux
Writer: Guillaume Nicloux

Shortly after premiering his latest film Valley of Love at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Guillaume Nicloux very quietly filmed his next feature, Dans les bois (The Wandering), reuniting him with star Gerard Depardieu. Described as a fantasy thriller where Depardieu plays a man who walks his dog in the woods and gets lost only to start having strange encounters with ‘enigmatic creatures,’ we’re pumped to see Nicloux’s latest, also starring director Xavier Beauvois. The film sounds like a departure for Nicloux, whose reputation has advanced significantly with his last three features, including Love, The Nun, and The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq. But several of Nicloux’s earlier works include similar sounding fantastical elements, such as 2006’s The Stone Council or The Key (2007).

Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Audrey Bonnet, Swann Arlaud, Xavier Beauvois

Production Co.: X Les Films du Worso, LGM Productions

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

Release Date: We’re curious to see where Nicloux presents his latest following his breakthrough to the main slate at Cannes. This film’s genre elements, plus the sour reception Valley of Love was greeted with may find the film premiering in a less caustic realm, but it sounds like it should be ready in time for a mid-year unveiling.

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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