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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #181. Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank


Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writers: Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan
Producers: Ed Guiney, David Barron, Stevie Lee
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy

Judging by the mixed response (with some critics calling this out as the best of the fest) it received at Sundance, Irish helmer Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy/fourth film will have a healthy festival future and as one critic told me, despite being an oddity can self-market itself. Look for Frank to outpace his first trio of films Garage, Adam & Paul and What Richard Did combined.

Gist: Jon, a young wanna-be musician, discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank.

Release Date: This received its world premiere debut at the Sundance film festival and should be picked up for distribution fairly soon.

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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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