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The English Patience: Sally Hawkins & Jack Lowden Board Szász’s “Cross My Mind”

Shooting star Jack Lowden (Yann Demange’s ‘71) and often Mike Leigh used thesp Sally Hawkins will potentially get too close for comfort in János Szász‘s English language debut. Screen Daily reports that production on Cross My Mind will begin later this year, so we can circle this with a late 2017 fest showing. Hopscotch Films’ John Archer (I Am Belfast) and Cinatura’s Kees Kasander (Goltzius and the Pelican Company) and Julia Ton will produce.

Gist: Written by Naomi Wallace and Bruce McLeod, set against Glasgow’s iconic waterfront docks this follows the intense and erotic love affair between a recovering blinded soldier (Lowden) and a married woman (Hawkins) who is taking care of him. But the clock is ticking, as he is beginning to recover his sight, and the carer is not who the young soldier thinks she is.

Worth Noting: Antonia Bird (who passed away in 2013) was originally attached to direct the film back in 2010.

Do We Care?: Prior to the other Hungarian film take on the horrors of war in Son of Saul, János Szász delivered a solid drama in what our Nicholas Bell called (★★★½ review) a “reductive, dehumanizing effect war has on all in its wake”.

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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