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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #57. Nacho Vigalondo’s Colossal

Colossal

Director: Nacho Vigalondo
Writer: Nacho Vigalondo

We’ve been a bit underwhelmed with Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo’s two follow-ups to his fun 2007 debut Timecrimes, those being the alien invasion comedy Extraterrestrial (2011) and his English language internet thriller Open Windows (2014) with Elijah Wood. But we have high hopes for his current project, Colossal, which managed to score a cast including Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, and Jason Sudeikis. A minor hiccup occurred between the director and rights holder of Godzilla, which was thankfully settled so Vigalondo could return to doing something more meaningful. In short, Hathaway stars as woman discovering that severe catastrophic events are related to her own mental breakdown….which sounds a lot like The Brood (1979) meets forgotten Richard Burton thriller The Medusa Touch (1978).

Cast: Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson

Production Co.: Brightlight Pictures, Sayaka Producciones Audiovisuales

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

Release Date: We expect Vigalondo to book a premiere slot at a known genre fest, though it doesn’t seem it will be ready in time for SXSW or Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. If he’s ready by autumn, perhaps this will be a prime candidate for TIFF’s Midnight Madness.

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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