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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #61. Jean-Charles Hue’s After the Blood of the Beasts

After the Blood of the Beasts

Director: Jean-Charles Hue
Writer: Jean-Charles Hue

After two films set within a particular gypsy community in France with 2010’s The Lord’s Ride and 2014’s Eat Your Bones (which premiered at Directors’ Fortnight in 2014), Jean-Charles Hue mixes it up a bit with third feature, After the Blood of the Beasts, starring Jean-Francois Stevenin as an aging burglar trying to find the treasure he’d buried years prior in the mountains. Assisted by a local gypsy, the burglar and his son don’t find what they’re looking for and end up involved in violent confrontation with a neighboring village.

Cast: Jean-Francois Stevenin, Sagamore Stevenin

Production Co.: Cappricci Production

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

Release Date: Hue’s had a busy year, also unveiling an audiovisual project Crystal Bullet for an installation project at Spectre Productions. The presence of Stevenin should generate significant interest in his latest item of peripheral criminals, and we hope to see him return to Cannes. The title is listed as being in production, though no confirmation on when filming will be completed.

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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