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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, 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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