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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #35. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Limelight

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #35. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Limelight


Currently working on television projects as the film is being set up, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has been attached to direct Limelight since April of last year, and while there has been some movement, no major casting news has been made for what would be his fourth feature film project. Having worked in the indie sphere with 2015’s U.S. Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic and the Audience Award for U.S. Drama Sundance winner Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (read review) and bigger budgeted The Current War (2017), we’re expecting a non-conventional biopic terrain to be covered here — one that even the former club kids would be into.

Gist: Written by Nick Pileggi & J.J. Sacha about the reign and fall of Peter Gatien, the 1990s king of Gotham nightlife who owned the hip clubs Limelight and The Tunnel.

Release Date/Prediction: Unless production begins shortly, the likelihood of seeing this in 2019 are slim. Amazon Studios might time this with the release of a memoir by Peter Gatien of his club story to be published in the fall of 2020.

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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