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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2017: #14. Ulrich Seidl’s Evil Games

Evil Games

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Writer: Ulrich Seidl

Since premiering his masterpiece Paradise trilogy across 2012 and 2013, the Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl has returned to heavy documentary subjects with 2014’s In the Basement, a rather droll exploration of Austrians and their private sexual proclivities, and this year’s excellent (and important) glance at unregulated big game hunting in Africa by tourists with Safari. He’s been working on a decades long project, a period piece known as Herr Grasl, but announced he was taking a break from securing major funding for this to focus on a smaller project, Evil Games, which tells the fraught reunion of two brothers following the death of their mother.

Cast: Michael Thomas, Georg Freidrich

Production Co./Producer(s): Coproduction Office, Ulrich Seidl

U.S. Distributor: Rights available.

Release Date: Shooting is slated to begin this February, but considering Seidl is also self-financing, there’s a decent chance this could be ready for Venice 2017.

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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