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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #189. Hossein Amini’s The Two Faces of January

The Two Faces of January

Director: Hossein Amini
Writer: Hossein Amini
Producers: Tom Sternberg, Working Title’s Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner and Robyn Slovo
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst

2014 will be blessed with two Patricia Highsmith adaptations (the other being Todd Haynes’ Carol). She’s certainly inspiring source material, serving as screenwriter Hossein Amini’s directorial debut. While his co-writing credit on 2013’s 47 Ronin was a bit of an eyebrow raiser (considering it’s from same author that adapted Drive into a screenplay), January promises to be an exciting film to keep an eye on.

Gist: A thriller centered on a con artist, his wife, and a stranger who try to flee a foreign country after one of them is caught up in the murder of a police officer.

Release Date: This will be among the Special Gala world preem titles at the Berlin Film Fest this month and will be released at the beginning of May in the U.K. Look for a U.S distrib to swoop in and pick up the rights for a same window release.

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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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