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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #62. Todd Field’s Beautiful Ruins

Beautiful Ruins

Director: Todd Field
Writers: Todd Field and Jess Walter
Producers: Brian Carmody, Todd Field, Patrick Milling Smith, Brian Oliver, Tyler Thompson
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Imogen Poots

Replacing Terrence Malick as the elusive, American filmmaker who takes way too much time between projects and perhaps gets attached to too many of them (through the years there has been mentions for Time Between Trains, American Gothic, Back Roads, Blood Meridian, Buried, The Creed of Violence), In the Bedroom and Little Children director Todd Field will produce, write, direct and possibly hurt our feelings if there are no sighting of him or actress Imogen Poots in Italy later this year.


Gist: Based on the Jess Walter novel that became a bestseller after its publication in June 2012, the story follows an American ingenue who travels to Italy in 1962 during the production of “Cleopatra.” Poots will star as the young actress Dee Moray. Casting is under way for the male roles, which include a young Italian hotelier, “Cleopatra” star Richard Burton, a WWII veteran working to complete a novel and a studio raconteur.

Release Date: With filming set to begin in May — chances are low for an end of year showing.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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