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Cannes Venice Candidate?: Eastern Promises

VIP card-carrying Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg is guaranteed to make the trip to Cannes as one of the many filmmakers involved in the short film collection Chacun son cinema. I wouldn’t be surprised if part of his baggage is the film canisters for his second tale featuring organized crime elements. After preeming A History of Violence at the fest (also with Viggo Mortensen), his newest featured to be released by Focus Features in September goes by the title of Eastern Promises.

Featuring Naomi Watts, the thriller penned by Steve Knight follows the mysterious and ruthless Nikolai (Mortensen), who is tied to one of London's most notorious organized crime families. His carefully maintained existence is jarred when he crosses paths with Anna (Watts), an innocent midwife trying to right a wrong, who accidentally uncovers potential evidence against the family.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, 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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