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Love Will Tear us Apart: Sideshow & Janus Films Embrace Bertrand Bonello’s “The Beast”

Love Will Tear us Apart: Sideshow & Janus Films Embrace Bertrand Bonello’s “The Beast”

It just had its NYFF splash and while it was shut out from any of the Golden Lion prizing in Venice, the critic elites (including our site) hail this latest Bertrand Bonello film as his career-defining masterwork. Deadline reports that the Sideshow and Janus Films tandem have landed some definite art house cinema in The Beast. The film (starring Léa Seydoux and George MacKay), was rejected by Cannes and was dedicated to the memory of Gaspard Ulliel who was involved in the project until his untimely death. We don’t have a firm release date yet but we expect this to land sometime early next year. Here is our own Nicholas Bell’s review – stamping this with a rare ★★★★★.

“Outside of solutions which aim to simply numb it, cut it out, or therapize it with tranquility assisted by medication. Such is a main approach into conveying the spectacular cinematic experience of Bonello’s latest, an aggravating, aching masterpiece about the satisfaction of a longing we’re conditioned to search for, but never feels like the experience we’re coerced into expecting based on a myriad of cultural signifiers.”

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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