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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #59. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers


Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #59. Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers

Les Amandiers

There’ll definitely be some autobiographical elements in Valeria Bruni Tedeschi‘s fifth feature film as a filmmaker and it might be the formative years in her three-decade spanning career in front of the camera (and her bit part in Patrice Chéreau’s La reine Margot) that we might be accessing. Les Amandiers sees Tedeschi rework the idea of what the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre meant and the legacy of a filmmaker who gave a lot to young actors in training around the time of AIDS crisis. With Louis Garrel playing the part of Patrice Chéreau, we also find Micha Lescot, Nadia Tereszkiewicz, Sofiane Bennacer, Léna Garrel and Vassili Schneider – production began in May in France and moved to New York City. Worth noting Tedeschi previously directed It’s Easier For A Camel (2003), Actresses (2007), A Castle in Italy (2013), and The Summer House (2018).

Gist: At the end of the 1980s, Stella, Victor, Adèle and Etienne are 20 years old. They take the entrance exam to the famous acting school created by Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Romans at the Théâtre des Amandiers in Nanterre. Launched at full speed into life, passion, and love, together they will experience the turning point of their lives, but also their first tragedy.

Release Date/Prediction: We are thinking Cannes but — is this a Competition title or Out of Comp type item?

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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