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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #20. Josh & Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems

Top 100 Most Anticipated American Independent Films of 2019: #20. Josh & Benny Safdie’s Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

For their fourth feature film, Josh & Benny Safdie parlayed the success of Good Time into a feature with Adam Sandler in the lead but with a powerhouse of producers aiding and abetting. Uncut Gems was announced before they climbed onto their third feature film, and it sees them reteam with writer Ronald Bronstein. Principal photography began in September 2018 in New York City with the likes of Pom Klementief, Idina Menzel, Lakeith Stanfield, Robbie DeRaffele, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian, The Weeknd. James Gray cinematographer Darius Khondji lenses this one.

Gist: Adam Sandler plays the central character in a story set in New York City’s Diamond District.

Release Date/Prediction: With Netflix acquiring the international distribution rights to the film might complicate another showing at Cannes. Bet your bottom dollar that the Safdies and A24 are gunning for the Palme d’Or race once again.

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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