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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #22. Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #22. Benh Zeitlin’s Wendy


Those in the indie film circles are confirming that 2019 is the release year for the long awaited super secretive WendyBenh Zeitlin snaps a seven year hiatus (he composed the music for Jonas Carpignano’s Mediterranea and Viktor Jakovleski’s Brimstone & Glory) of when his debut film Beasts of the Southern Wild landed on the film fest circuit and collected worldwide accolades. Move over Guillermo del toro.

Gist: Written by Benh and Eliza Zeitlin, set on a mysterious island where aging and time have come unglued, this tells the tale of two children from different worlds fighting to maintain their grip on freedom and joy as the catastrophe of growing up descends upon them.

Release Date/Prediction: Meticulously and mysteriously worked on in what feels like a lengthy post production process, this should be a Cannes comp selection with a bullet. Fox Searchlight are looking at the awards season.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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