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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #23. Alistair Banks Griffin’s The Wolf Hour

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #23. Alistair Banks Griffin’s The Wolf Hour

The Wolf Hour

The highest ranked Sundance Film Festival selected item on our list belongs to Alistair Banks Griffin and his long awaited second feature film. Filming took place in November of 2017 with Naomi Watts in the driver’s seat. A 2016 January Screenwriters Lab project, Griffin would reteam with composers Danny Bensi & Saunder Jurriaans – they first worked together on Griffin’s 2011 debut film, Two Gates of Sleep.

Gist: June (Watts) was once a celebrated counter-culture figure, but that was a decade ago. She now lives alone in her fifth floor South Bronx apartment, having all but cut herself off from the outside world. It’s the notorious “Summer of Sam” and June only has to look out of her window to see the violence escalating with the brutal summer heat. The city is on a knife’s edge, a pressure-cooker about to explode into the incendiary 1977 New York blackout riots.

Release Date/Prediction: This was selected for the NEXT section at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival (January 26th world preem date). Look for this to play the international film fest circuit.

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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