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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #43. Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers

After his most recent creative misfires in Trash Humpers and Mister Lonely, I figured that I wouldn’t be too pumped for Harmony Korine’s future output…well I think I might be wrong with that assertion. With a premise that sounds Gregg Araki-like, with Steven Spielberg’s right-hand man DP Janusz Kaminski on board and risk-taker James Franco being cast alongside tween icons (Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts, Vanessa Hudgens) we might just be in for an avant-garde caper film.

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#43. Spring Breakers

Director/Writer: Harmony Korine
Producers: Charles-Marie Anthonioz (Trash Humpers), Jordan Gertner, Chris Hanley, David Zander
Distributor: Rights Available

The Gist: Four college girls who land in jail after robbing a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation find themselves bailed out by a drug and arms dealer who wants them to do some dirty work...(more)

Cast: James Franco, Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts, Vanessa Hudgens, Heather Morris and Rachel Korine (featured in pic above with husband).

List Worthy Reasons…: After his most recent creative misfires in Trash Humpers and Mister Lonely, I figured that I wouldn’t be too pumped for Harmony Korine’s future output…well I think I might be wrong with that assertion. With a premise that sounds Gregg Araki-like, with Steven Spielberg’s right-hand man DP Janusz Kaminski on board and risk-taker James Franco being cast alongside tween icons (Selena Gomez, Emma Roberts, Vanessa Hudgens) we might just be in for an avant-garde caper film.

Release Date/Status?: With casting in place, production should begin sometime this year. An early shoot means a possible Venice/TIFF showing, a late shoot means this is going to Cannes in 2013. If that occurs, look for Lotus Community Workshop as a filler.

 
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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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