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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #16. Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #16. Dee Rees’ The Last Thing He Wanted

The Last Thing He Wanted

With Mudbound certifying her prowess (and the promise of her 2011 micro indie portrait in Pariah) Dee Rees moved onto The Last Thing He Wanted in late 2017, and went into production in Puerto Rico in June of 2018 with dp Bobby Bukowski at her side and Anne Hathaway, Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe as the main trio of players. Netflix didn’t waste much time jumping on ship either.

Gist: Based on Joan Didion’s 1996 novel, this centers on a hardscrabble journalist, Elena McMahon (Hathaway), who inherits her father’s position as a dealmaker — an arms dealmaker. She soon finds herself on dangerous ground as the Iran-Contra Affair’s arms-for-drugs plot reaches its tipping point.

Release Date/Prediction: Netflix has yet to set a date – but they’ll be looking at an awards friendly launch most probably at Telluride followed by a TIFF gala. NYFF not impossible either.

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