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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #24. Benedict Andrews’ Against All Enemies

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #24. Benedict Andrews’ Against All Enemies

Against All Enemies

Another highly anticipated sophomore feature in our countdown, Benedict Andrews expands the size of canvas moving from the duet in Una to the meatier Against All Enemies – which went into production May of this year. Jack O’Connell, with Kristen Stewart taking on big screen duties of the iconic Jean Seberg. Zazie Beetz, Vince Vaughn, Margaret Qualley, Stephen Root, Anthony Mackie with cinematographer Rachel Morrison onboard.

Gist: Based on the screenplay by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, this centers on an ambitious young F.B.I. Agent named Jack Solomon (O’Connell) and the attempts by the FBI to discredit iconic actress Jean Seberg (Stewart) through its Cointelpro program in retaliation for her support of the Black Panther Party. Those efforts included creating a false story in 1970 that the child Seberg was carrying was not fathered by her husband, but by a member of the Black Panther Party. Mackie will portray a civil rights activist. Vaughn will play Carl Kowalski, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation.

Release Date/Prediction: With Sundance not adding this item to their line-up means this is an early contender for a showing in Cannes where Kristin Stewart has red carpet clout.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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