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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #51. Xavier Beauvois’ Albatros

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2021: #51. Xavier Beauvois’ Albatros


Director Xavier Beauvois will be ready with his eighth feature, Albatros (formerly titled Un petit-fils, or A Grandson) in 2021. Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoit Quainon via Les Films du Worso, this stars stars Jérémie Renier, Victor Belmondo, Olivier Pequery, Madeleine Beauvois, and a pair from his 2017 The Guardians cast, Marie Julie Maille and Iris Bry. Beauvois received a Cesar nomination for his 1993 debut Nord, he went straight to the Cannes competition in 1995 with Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die, which received the Jury Prize. He returned to Cannes competition in 2010 with Of Gods and Men, which took home the Grand Prize and won the Cesar for Best Film. He’s also competed in Venice with 2000’s To Matthieu and 2014’s The Price of Fame. 2005’s The Young Lieutenant went to Venice Days while 2017’s The Guardians premiered at TIFF.

Gist: Written by Beauvois, Maille and Frederique Moreau, Albatross turns on the world of Laurent, captain of a police squad in Etretat. While attempting to marry his partner and mother of their daughter, a tragedy at work turns life into a tailspin.

Release Date/Prediction: Beauvois wrapped production in December 2019 which suggests the title is likely being held for consideration at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, where the director would compete for the third time.

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), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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