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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2011: Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible

Give me the option between Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, and I’ll go for this Spanish helmer instead. Despite not caring much for Juan Antonio Bayona’s El orfanato (The Orphanage), there’s no debating how skilled the filmmaker is in eye-candy department — my thinking is handing him a big budget natural disaster film will only allow him to expand his palette and with the Watts and McGregor wearing their panicked and horrified look stripes, this 2010 BlackList script might make for great popcorn fair.

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#90. The Impossible

Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
Writer:
Sergio G. Sánchez
Producers: Belén Atienza, Álvaro Augustín and Enrique López Lavigne
Distributor: Summit Ent.

The Gist: After a major tsunami hits a beach resort in Yokohama, Japan, a family on vacation with young children gets separated and must find each other amidst the wreckage.….(more)

CastNaomi Watts, Ewan McGregor and Tom Holland

List Worthy Reasons…Give me the option between Michael Bay and Roland Emmerich, and I’ll go for this Spanish helmer instead. Despite not caring much for Juan Antonio Bayona’s El orfanato (The Orphanage), there’s no debating how skilled the filmmaker is in eye-candy department — my thinking is handing him a big budget natural disaster film will only allow him to expand his palette and with the Watts and McGregor wearing their panicked and horrified look stripes, this 2010 BlackList script might make for great popcorn fair.  

Release Date/Status?: Cannes was the lieu where Bayona showcased his first film. In a busy Cannes year, this could receive a non-comp showing.

 
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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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