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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #8. Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s Luxembourg


Director: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky
Writer: Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

Ukrainian director Miroslav Slaboshpitsky‘s debut, The Tribe, was one of the best theatrical releases of the past year, documenting the struggles of a new student at a deaf boarding school as he’s inducted into the troubling social customs among the students (and told without any subtitles). Slaboshpitsky’s since made more headlined with the Ukraine’s most ambitious co-production ever, his sophomore film Luxembourg, which focuses on ‘a group of people living in a permanent nuclear winter in a primitive post-apocalyptic society in the ruins of the old civilization destroyed by atomic war.’ The director is actually filming in the Chernobyl Nuclear Exclusion Zone, which is where he also shot his 2012 short film “Nuclear Waste.”

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producer(s): Alpha Violet, Garmata Film Production’s Valentyn Vasyanovych, Tandem Communications’ Anna Katchko.

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

Release Date: After sweeping the Critics’ Weeks Awards in 2014, Slaposhpitsky seems primed to return to Cannes, potentially in either UCR or Directors’ Fortnight. With filming taking place through December and January, we’re also thinking a later festival might be more realistic, like Locarno or Venice.

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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