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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #5. Cristi Puiu’s Sierra-Nevada


Director: Cristi Puiu
Writer: Cristi Puiu
Producers: Mandragora’s Anca Puiu and Slot Machine’s Marianne Slot
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: No word yet, but we expect a recognizable face or two.

We might be haphazardly reaping the benefits of Cristi Puiu and Cristian Mungiu shooting in opposite years, and for that we are thankful. It would appear we’ve got another two decades worth of annual films coming our way form both Romanian masterworkers, and contrary to what we might have believed earlier in the year, development on The Manor House was set aside for Sierra-Nevada instead. Would this make it three for three when we include his experimental ‘Three Exercises of Interpretation project.

Gist: Inspired by Romanian Aurel Rau’s poem The Agathirsoi, this is about a family reunion and in the words of the filmmaker “a commemoration that never gets to take place…where its characters escape into fiction when overwhelmed by a grief they cannot understand.”

Release Date: On paper we know that the production might have began late this year, and if they chartered a course of intense editing (his films revolve around the 180 minute mark) then everything indicates that after Cannes showings for The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and really landing with an impressive thud in his ’08 feature Aurora (we’re in the minority in thinking it was his best work to date), we could be revisiting with him in Cannes once again. Forecast for a 2015 might be more realistic.

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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 1976 (Manuela Martelli), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), Corsage (Marie Kreutzer), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen).

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