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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England

#51. Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England

Gist: Described as a psychedelic horror film, Wheatley’s latest is set during the English civil war, where a group of deserters is captured by an alchemist (Michael Smiley), who forces them to help search for what he believes is hidden in a field. Of course, after feasting on some mushrooms, things get trippy, until they realize that maybe it’s not treasure buried there.

Prediction: We’re predicting Director’s Fortnight for Wheatley’s latest, whose 2012 film Sightseers played as a “special screening” in the same lineup. The fast working Wheatley’s latest film sounds like his most experimental yet, and we’re sure it will display the same comically morbid sensibilities as his previous work. Apparently taking inspiration from the 1968 Vincent Price classic, Witchfinder General, it will be among a small group of films set during the English Civil War.

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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