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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #21. Ira Sachs’ Frankie

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #21. Ira Sachs’ Frankie


Ira Sachs‘ first production outside North America managed to lasso the likes of Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier and Brendan Gleeson for an October shoot in Portugal. Frankie, his seventh feature film, replaces generic titles of Switzerland and A Family Vacation, and could tonally resemble some of his previous dramas starting way back in 1996’s The Delta, 2005’s Forty Shades of Blue,  2012’s Keep the Lights On or 2014’s Love Is Strange. Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt produce.

Gist: Written by Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias, this is about three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Release Date/Prediction: Always a safe bet for Sundance or TIFF, with French financing in place and a Euro cast, this should be a competition red carpet of Cannes or could even open the Directors’ Fortnight.

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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