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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #143. John Boorman’s Queen and Country

Queen and Country

Director: John Boorman
Writer: John Boorman
Producer: John Boorman, Kieran Corrigan
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Tamsin Egerton, David Thewlis, Richard E. Grant, Caleb Landry Jones

The octogenarian director is still going strong, though this is his first feature since 2006’s The Tiger’s Tail. We’re thinking this historical piece sounds exactly like Boorman’s cup of tea, whose more recent dabblings in John Le Carre land or the South African set In My Country didn’t quite win raves. Instead, this recalls something like his semiautobiographical 1987 film, Hope and Glory.

Gist: An Englishman who grew up in London during World War II joins the military to fight in the Korean War. br>

Release Date: Boorman’s last stint at Cannes was in 1998 for The General, for which he won Best Director. Chances are slim that we’ll see him there again, look for it to receive fest play later this year.

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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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