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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #16. Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves

Coming off her career best in Meek’s Cutoff (which was one of our top films of the year regardless if you think of the title as a 2011 or 2010 release — as we saw this in Toronto the year before), we hope that Reichardt has a long-lasting wind in her sails. Her she tacks the rarely explored subject matter of eco-terrorism and would be joined by actors (Dano for a second time in a row) in touch with their indie roots. Watch the doc If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front to get prepped for this work.

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#16. Night Moves

Director/Writer: Kelly Reichardt
Producers: Neil Kopp (every single Reichardt film since Old Joy) and Film Science’s Anish Savjani
Distributor: Rights Available

The Gist: This centers on three environmentalists (Sarsgaard, Dano) who are intent on blowing up a dam…(more)

Cast: Paul Dano and Peter Sarsgaard

List Worthy Reasons…: Coming off her career best in Meek’s Cutoff (which was one of our top films of the year regardless if you think of the title as a 2011 or 2010 release — as we saw this in Toronto the year before), we hope that Reichardt has a long-lasting wind in her sails. Her she tacks the rarely explored subject matter of eco-terrorism and would be joined by actors (Dano for a second time in a row) in touch with their indie roots. Watch the doc If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front to get prepped for this work.

Release Date/Status?: Heading to Rotterdam this month as they’re still in financing mode, they’ve already got Dano and Sarsgaard on board and are one away from completing the trio – a female lead will be cast (Rooney Mara was mentioned) leaving us with the idea that it would take some miracle work for this to be released before 2013. But if this somehow gets anchored down early, this indie model (less punishing than the wagon pulling episodes in Meek’s Cutoff) might be economic enough for Venice and TIFF could consider themselves lucky again to have a Reichardt film among their line-ups.

 
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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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