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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #135. Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange

Love is Strange

Director: Ira Sachs
Writers: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias
Producers: Sachs, Parts and Labor’s Lars Knudsen & Jay Van Hoy, Lucas Joaquin, Jayne Baron Sherman
U.S. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Cast: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Darren Burrows, Charlie Tahan, Cheyenne Jackson

Ira Sachs’ second in a trilogy of NYC-set films took Sundance by storm playing like gangbusters and not surprisingly, much in line with the acting weight found in Forty Shades of Blue and Keep the Lights On, it appears that the pair of John Lithgow and Alfred Molina might be en route to some award nom recognition.

Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, after 39 years together, Ben and George take advantage of the new marriage laws and tie the knot in a City Hall wedding in lower Manhattan. On the return from their honeymoon, however, and on account of their vows, George gets fired from his longtime job as a choir director for a co-ed Catholic school. Suddenly, with no real savings to count on, the couple finds that they can’t afford the rent on their small Chelsea apartment.

Release Date: Hitting both Sundance and Berlin, Sony Pictures Classics have picked up the film but have not detailed their release plans for it. Look for this to be an autumn release.

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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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