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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #187. Susanne Bier’s Serena


Director: Susanne Bier
Writer: Christopher Kyle
Producers: 2929 Productions’ Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner, Ben Cosgrove, Chockstone Pictures’ Paula Mae and Steve Schwartz, Nick Wechsler
U.S. Distributor: Rights available
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Tony Jones, Rhys Ifans

While we were expecting Susanne Bier’s latest, a return to English language filmmaking after her 2007 Halle Berry starring Things We Lost In the Fire, to bow in 2013, it looks like this will be pushed into this year due to the oversaturated Jennifer Lawrence/Bradley Cooper market. This was meant their first project together post Silver Linings, but it looks like we’ll have to be happy with American Hustle instead, this season. Meanwhile, Bier has been on a roll herself since winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film with In a Better World. She’s several other irons in the fire currently, but look for this to be her next release.

Gist: In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton’s timber empire becomes complicated when it is learned that his wife, Serena, cannot bear children.

Release Date: If this doesn’t bow at Cannes, look for a premiere in Toronto or Venice where it may try to gain awards momentum and be picked up.

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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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