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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #150. Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard

White Bird in a Blizzard

Director: Gregg Araki
Writer: Gregg Araki
Producer: Gregg Araki, Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux and Sebastien Lemercier, Pavlina Hatoupis
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Dale Dickey, Mark Indelicato, Sheryl Lee, Angela Bassett

Just as vexing as he was early in his career, word from Sundance is that White Bird in a Blizzard features a delicious Eva Green, dropkicks Shailene Woodley into on-screen adulthood and appears to include a visual pastiche that disrupts. Since his true breakout film in Mysterious Skin, Gregg Araki is more at ease in his exploration and exploitation of youth via different never boring, disruptive crayola sets.

Gist: Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it…

Release Date: This received it’s world preem at Sundance – it’ll probably be picked up shortly and receive a theatrical release this year.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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