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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #3. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #3. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch

The French Dispatch

More croissant than cronut, Wes Anderson returns to the red, white and blue but of the Hotel Chevalier and Jacques Cousteau sort with a proper made in France production for his tenth feature film. Reported to be set in France after World War II, principal photography on The French Dispatch began in November 2018 in Angoulême, France, with an English speaking cast tossed together with French talents. Currently in production, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Timothée Chalamet, Benicio del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Jeffrey Wright, Léa Seydoux, Lois Smith and Saoirse Ronan are part of what will be intersecting storylines, cigarettes, zany characters in tres geek chic. Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Henry Winkler, Willem Dafoe, Bob Balaban, Steve Park, Denis Ménochet, Lyna Khoudri, Kate Winslet, Alex Lawther, Vincent Macaigne, Vincent Lacoste, Félix Moati, Benjamin Lavernhe, Guillaume Gallienne, and Cécile de France were all added to the film last month.

Gist: This is described as “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost of an American newspaper in 20th-century Paris and centers on three storylines.

Release Date/Prediction: With no distribution in place (we expect that to change mid shoot announcement of Fox Searchlight landing the rights), Venice and a 2019 play date are a long shot, but technically not impossible.

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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