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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #54. Mathieu Amalric’s Serre-moi fort

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #54. Mathieu Amalric’s Serre-moi fort

Serre-moi fort

Mathieu Amalric should be ready to reveal his eighth feature with Serre-moi fort, a working title which means: hold me tight. Produced by Yael Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez, with support from the CNC, this stars Vicky Krieps and Arieh Worthalter (Girl). Amalric’s Public Affairs premiered in the 2003 Directors’ Fortnight lineup at Cannes, where he returned to compete in 2010 with On Tour, winning the FIPRESCI Prize and Best Director. His 2014 Georges Simenon adaptation The Blue Room went to Un Certain Regard, as did 2017’s Barbara, which won the Poetry of Cinema Award in the sidebar and took home nine Cesar awards, winning two, including Best Actress for Jeanne Balibar.

Gist: Amalric’s latest is adapted from the play Je reviens de loin by Claudine Galea and concerns a woman who leaves her husband and children. Or does she?

Release Date/Prediction: Amalric filmed throughout 2019 and into January 2020 and was amongst the usual suspects expected to be at Cannes 2020, so we’re thinking he could return to the Croisette in 2021 though likely in Director’s Fortnight or potentially Un Certain Regard again.

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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