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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #80. Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s The Woman in the Silver Plate

The Woman in the Silver Plate

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
Writers: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Catherine Paille

Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa has been involved with a number of projects over the past several years, and we’ll get a double dose of him in 2016. The longer gestating of the two is his French language debut with The Woman in the Silver Plate, led by the exciting trio of Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, and Olivier Gourmet. Described as a fantasy film, “Gourmet plays Stephane, a former fashion photographer obsessed with an old 19th century photography technique, said to have given eternal after-life to the souls of the people whose image it captured. Rahim plays Jean, a new assistant, who quickly falls under the spell of Marie, Stephane’s only daughter and model. When Marie takes a mysterious fall one evening, the difference between image and reality becomes much harder to decipher.”

Cast: Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet

Production Co./Producers: Balthazar Productions’ Jerome Dopffer, Frakas Productions, Film-In-Evolution, Bitters End.

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

Release Date: Though Kurosawa’s 2013 film Real was ignored at major fests, that same year Seventh Code won an award at the Rome Film Festival, while 2015’s Journey to the Shore landed a spot at UCR in Cannes. With the French pedigree of his latest, we’re assuming this will be an intriguing commodity at Cannes 2016.

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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