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After Lucia, it’s “Chronic” for Michel Franco, Tim Roth & Bitsie Tulloch

If we base ourselves on his first two ventures into feature filmmaking (Daniel and Ana and After Lucia) thesps Tim Roth, Bitsie Tulloch, Michael Cristofer and David Dastmalchian are in for a psychological beating. Deadline reports that the foursome of actors are set to join one of the Mexican talents we’ve blow-horned about in Michel Franco. The pic sees the helmer move into English language territory. No word on who is producing, what the plans are for a production start date on Chronic, but we’ll have our eyes peeled for the latest.

Gist: This tracks a depressed nurse practitioner who assists terminally ill patients and tries to reconnect with the family he abandoned. Tulloch will play Lidia, whose father John will be played by Pulitzer-winning playwright Michael Cristofer. David Dastmalchian is also in talks.

Worth Noting: As the trade mentioned, there is a linkage of sorts between the filmmaker and his lead actor: Roth was among the Cannes jury that awarded the Un Certain Regard top prize for  2012’s After Lucia.

Do We Care?: There must be at least a dozen Mexican helmers that we consider gold with Michel Franco almost at the top of list. Here is our interview with him in Cannes for After Lucia / Después de Lucía.

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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