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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #123. Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy

The Trip To Italy

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Writers: Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan, Michael Winterbottom
Producer: Melissa Parmenter
U.S. Distributor: IFC Films
Cast: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rosie Fellner

Michael Winterbottom has been producing films at a frenetic pace for over the past twenty years. The only year he hasn’t not had some sort of offering, whether it be directing an episode of a series in his earlier career, which began in 1989, was 2001. He’s consistently had not one, but sometimes two or three projects premiere in a year. This year, we get two offerings, the first being a followup to his successful 2010 comedy, The Trip, which looks to be the exact same set up as the first film, but in Italy rather than the UK. We look forward to more of Coogan’s bitchy faux alter ego and here’s to more rival Michael Caine impressions.

Gist: Two men, six meals in six different places on a road trip around Italy. Liguria, Tuscany, Rome, Amalfi and ending in Capri..

Release Date: Premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival – theatrical release in the books for this year.

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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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