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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #88. Claudia Llosa’s Fever Dream

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #88. Claudia Llosa’s Fever Dream

Fever Dream

Another title delayed from a predicted 2020 premiere was the fourth film from Peru’s Claudia Llosa, who in this instance, received the backing from the Netflix folks. Produced by Mark Johnson and Tom Williams alongside Pablo Larrain’s Fabula Productions, Fever Dream was shot in Chile by Oscar Faura (who has lensed all of J.A. Bayona’s work to date). Maria Valverde, Dolores Fonzi, and Guillermo Pfening star. Llosa broke out in 2006 with her debut Madeinusa, which competed in Sundance’s World Dramatic competition and then she won the Golden Bear in Berlin for her second feature, The Milk of Sorrow in 2009. In the last decade she won the Teddy for Best Short in 2012 for Loxoro and her English language debut Aloft competed in Berlin in 2014.

Gist: Based on the novel Distancia de Rescate by Samanta Schweblin, this is about a young woman lies in pain, while a boy is questioning her about what happened to her; she is not his mother nor he her son. Together they will unravel a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, looming environmental and spiritual catastrophes, and the ties that bind a parent to a child.

Release Date/Prediction: Initially predicted as a 2020 release, we expect Llosa to compete once again at the 2021 Berlinale.


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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