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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2010: Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist

The notion of an untold Jacques Tati story finally being revealed is enough to put this high up on the list, but then factor in the amazing work in Triplets of Belleville — easily among the decades’ best films up there with the Pixar work and Hayao Miyazaki 2d brilliance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chomet’s stylishly told, highly inventive brand pushes The Illusionist to the top of the animated field next year.

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#03. The Illuionist

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Writer(s): Chomet & Jacques Tati
Producers: Bob Last and Sally Chomet
Distributor: Rights Available.

The Gist: The Illusionist is one of a dying breed of stage entertainers. With emerging rock stars stealing his thunder, he is forced to accept increasingly obscure assignments in fringe theatres, at garden parties and in bars and cafes. However, while performing in a village pub off the west coast of Scotland, he encounters Alice, an innocent young girl, who will change his life forever…(more)

Cast: If this is truly inspired by Tati, then we can expect no voice talent attached to the film.

Why is it on the list?: The notion of an untold Jacques Tati story finally being revealed is enough to put this high up on the list, but then factor in the amazing work in Triplets of Belleville — easily among the decades’ best films up there with the Pixar work and Hayao Miyazaki 2d brilliance. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chomet’s stylishly told, highly inventive brand pushes The Illusionist to the top of the animated field next year.   

Release Date/Status?: This is probably very close to being ready, and if this hadn’t been pulled out at the last minute would have premiered at TIFF in 2009. More time means more fine-tuning, giving it ample time to show up in Cannes, where Belleville got its launch. A sale should occur during the festival.

 
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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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