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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: An Introduction

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: An Introduction

We begin 2022 with major disruptions to the film festival circuit. Berlin’s Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and SXSW’s Janet Pierson are certainly considering options B to Z so it’s worth pondering…how will this unfortunate cloud of uncertainty alter the rollout of films that are festival ready or being readied. What we do know is that film nations learned to adapt, and whatever barriers/limitations that the pandemic brought was met with highly creative means and the sort of resourcefulness that us cinephiles will have a chock-full of future film options to be excited about.

As we so at the beginning of every year on the site, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallée) curate world cinema offerings from the four corners of the world to produce our Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of the year. Thanks to the folks at Mubi for their support – several of these titles will end up streaming on the channel, and by the looks of their acquisitions in 2021, some of these will actually be indeed be Mubi releases. As per usual, we give you the lowdown on the project, background info on the filmmaker(s), the basic gist of the project, reasons to be excited, and we like to predict where the film might premiere. We’re doing things a little different this year – stay tuned and enjoy!

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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