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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #28. Rebecca Zlotowski’s Planetarium


Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Writers: Rebecca Zlotowski, Robin Campillo

We’re expecting French director Rebecca Zlotowski‘s third feature, Planetarium to enhance the burgeoning auteur’s status on international radar. Her first two films, both starring Lea Seydoux, include the 2010 debut Belle Epine (which won the Louis Delluc Award for Best Debut at Critics’ Week) and the beautiful sophomore feature Grand Central (programmed in 2013’s Un Certain Regard – read review) and are still in need of US distribution. Since her next is headlined by names like Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Melody Depp (daughter of you-know-who), there’s already enhanced interest. We’re more curious about the narrative, concerning two spiritualist sisters touring Europe in the 1930s, co-written by the talented Robin Campillo (who penned screenplays for several of Laurent Cantet’s best films including Heading South and The Class, and whose sophomore feature Eastern Boys was another underrated 2013 title).

Cast: Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Melody Depp, Louis Garrel

Production Co./Producers:Les Films Velvet’s Frederic Jouvet (Grand Central) and Les Films du Fleuve’s Dardenne Bros. (Diary of a Chambermaid)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic) Kinology (International).

Release Date: Considering Zlotowski’s two previous features premiered at Cannes, we’re hoping she’ll be back, and considering the subject matter, Directors’ Fortnight or Un Certain Regard could be possibilities.

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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