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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2008: #36 The Reader

The Reader Daldry

#36. The Reader

Stephen Daldry
Writers: David Hare (The Hours)

Producers: Anthony Minghella, Sydney Pollack and Scott Rudin
Distributor:The Weinstein Company

The Gist: Based on the Bernard Schlink novel, and scripted
by David Hare this tells the tale of fifteen-year-old Michael Berg who
is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his
lover–then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he
is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime.

Fact: Kidman has just dropped out of the project in favor of Kate Winslet.

See It: Fans of Daldry’s The Hours and Schlink’s novel are very much looking forward to this piece. Prediction: Oscar noms for Best Actress.     

Release Date/Status?: This is the sort of project that is synonymous with year-end award-season kudos. A December 12th release date is a lock.

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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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