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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #96. Volker Schlöndorff’s Montauk Revisited

Montauk Revisited

Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Writers: Volker Schlöndorff, Colm Toibin

New Wave German auteur Volker Schlondorff (The Tin Drum, 1979) is at work on another project, Montauk Revisited, an adaptation of a novel by Max Frisch. During publicity for his last feature, Diplomacy in late 2014, Schlondörff had mentioned Ralph Fiennes as the male lead in a film about two lovers who meet by chance in Paris and decide to return together to Montauk for the winter season. It looks as if Fiennes is no longer attached, but the German trades recently mentioned the item has been brought ‘before the camera,’ and was recently one of four projects at the German-French co-production meeting in Marseille. Most exciting of all to note is the casting of Nina Hoss (Barbara; Phoenix) in the female lead, with Danish actor Stellan Skarsgard replacing Fiennes.

Cast: Nina Hoss, Stellan Skarsgard

Production Co./Producers: Franco-German Funding Commission, Ziegler Film Project

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

Release Date: If filming is underway, we’re assuming Schlondörff won’t be ready in time for Cannes, but this could be a fall festival circuit item with its notable leads snagging a premiere in Locarno or Venice.

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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