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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #69. Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

Director: Abel Ferrara
Writers: Abel Ferrara, Christ Zois
Producer: Belladonna Productions’ Adam Folk
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Gerard Depardieu, Jacqueline Bisset, Maria Di Angelis

While its source material needs little introduction, what’s perhaps most exciting is that this is Ferrara’s highest profile project in about two decades (his 1981 sophomore feature, Ms. 45 is just now seeing a much needed re-release). Ferrara seems hip to the momentum, now gathering resources to film a highly anticipated Pasolini biopic starring Willem Dafoe as his latest nears theatrical release, but his loaded gun is this Strauss-Kahn treatment, a snapshot of dangerous reptile and told by a filmmaker with an unprecedented knack for documenting the underbelly of New York City.

Gist: A look at the rise and controversial fall of French economist and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Release Date: While this was originally tipped to open at the end of 2013 without hitting any fest circuits, a delayed 2014 release means this definitely would be a title of interest for Cannes.

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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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