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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #75. Ziad Doueiri’s Foreign Affairs

Foreign Affairs

Director: Ziad Doueiri
Writers: Ziad Doueiri, Ghassan Salhab, Joelle Touma
Producers: Rachid Bouchareb, Jean Brehat
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Gerard Depardieu

If you’re familiar with his very controversial and well-made 2012 film, The Attack, then director Ziad Doueiri’s next feature probably sounds like a walk in the park, though don’t be surprised if it doesn’t end up playing that way. Co-written by Doueiri, Ghassan Salhan and Joelle Touma (who wrote The Attack as well as Rachid Bouchareb’s Just Like a Woman, who happens to be producing this title), the inclusion of Gerard Depardieu seems an interesting choice. We’re unsure at what stage of development the film is in, but it’s a project Doueiri has been developing for quite some time, and news broke of Depardieu’s casting in mid 2013.

Gist: 1991. Desert Storm. The first Gulf War has just ended, and the American administration thinks it’s time to push Arabs and Israelis to negotiate for peace. They will hire a diplomat who left politics and now sells old cars that he finds in junkyards in Beirut and Syria, to initiate the first contacts with the main political players of that period.

Release Date: Since we’re unsure of what stage it’s in, we’re thinking this would hopefully be ready for late 2014.

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Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is IONCINEMA.com'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), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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