Monday, January 17, 2022

From Inarritu To Elvis & Harry Styles To Frances McDormand: 30 Movies (And A TV Series) That Could Light Up Film Festivals In 2022

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Film lovers roll up. Here’s our annual record of films that might have festivals drooling in 2022.

Our record kicked off final 12 months with Power Of The Dog and Macbeth, and likewise included the likes of Belfast, Benedetta, The Hand Of God and A Hero. Fair to say these movies all hit their mark in 2021.

With Covid disruption persevering with, plenty of anticipated films on final 12 months’s record have but to see the sunshine of day so some will probably be included once more this 12 months as their releases come into sight. Most of the titles under are in post-production, a number of are nonetheless filming and a few are executed. None are but to start out principal images and none have been declared for a competition to date.

Festival organizers could have one other bumper crop to select from in 2022, that’s if their bodily occasions are capable of go forward, which isn’t any certain factor lately. Here’s to hoping.

(NB This is a non-exhaustive record. It is a snap shot.)

Bardo (Or False Chronicle Of A Handful Of Truths)

Alejandro González Iñárritu, two-time Oscar winner for The Revenant and Birdman, has returned to his roots to make Mexican comedy Bardo, during which a famend journalist and documentary filmmaker goes again to his native nation “facing his identity, familial relationships, the folly of his memories as well as the past and new reality of his country.” Daniel Giménez Cacho, Griselda Siciliani and Grantham Coleman star. If the movie is anyplace shut in high quality to the filmmaker’s first and final movie made in Mexico, Amores Perros, we’re in for a deal with. Crew consists of Okja, Se7en and Amour DoP Darius Khondji. Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma started its journey at Venice: might this arthouse providing observe swimsuit?



 Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape Of Water and Nightmare Alley maestro Guillermo Del Toro groups up with Netflix for what’s described as a “darker version” of the basic kids’s fairy story of a picket puppet that transforms into an actual residing boy. The stop-motion musical movie – which Del Toro has been engaged on in some type for greater than a decade –  stars Gregory Mann within the title function, Ewan McGregor as Cricket and David Bradley as Gepetto. Two-time Oscar winner Alexandre Desplat is composing. The Shape Of Water went down a storm on the Lido so a return appears extremely potential.

Women Talking

Frances McDormand, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, Jessie Buckley, and Ben Whishaw lead the spectacular forged of this drama a couple of group of girls in an remoted Mennonite spiritual colony in Bolivia as they battle to reconcile their religion with a string of sexual assaults dedicated by the colony’s males. Canadian director Sarah Polley (Alias Grace) makes her first characteristic since 2012 documentary Stories We Tell. Plan B Entertainment produces.

Decision To Leave

Cameras rolled in October 2020 on the following film from South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook. His newest is a thriller romance starring Tang Wei and Park Hye-il within the story of an trustworthy police officer, wanting right into a suspicious dying that happens on a mountain, who begins to suspect the useless man’s spouse. CJ Entertainment is dealing with gross sales. The director’s final film, 2016’s The Handmaiden, was in Competition at Cannes.

White Noise 

Marriage Story director Noah Baumbach returns with an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel a couple of 12 months within the lifetime of Jack Gladney, a professor who has made his title by pioneering the sphere of Hitler research. Adam Driver, Jodie Turner-Smith, Raffey Cassidy and Don Cheadle lead forged on the Netflix and Plan B Entertainment cost.


Let’s hope the tortuous journey to display screen for Andrew Dominik’s Marilyn Monroe film Blonde involves an finish in 2022. Cameras rolled on the anticipated movie in summer time 2019 and hearsay has been rife since then that Netflix was shocked by how darkish the imaginative and prescient was of Monroe’s troubled life, partly accounting for the delay. Ana de Armas stars with Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale and Julianne Nicholson in help.

Poor Things

Festival favorite Yorgos Lanthimos reteams with Emma Stone for this usually surreal-sounding Victorian story of a younger girl introduced again to life by an eccentric however good scientist. Willem Dafoe, Mark Ruffalo, Christopher Abbott, Margaret Qualley, and Rammy Youssef additionally star. Searchlight Pictures has but to set a date.

Bones and All

Bones And All

Bones And All
Yannis Drakoulidis

 Suspiria remake director Luca Guadagnino re-teams along with his Call Me By Your Name star Timothee Chalamet on this romance-horror cannibalism movie, a couple of younger girl who learns the best way to survive on the margins of society. Also starring are Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, André Holland, Jessica Harper, Chloë Sevigny, and director David Gordon Green. Festivals will probably be queueing up for extra Chalamania.

Showing Up

Festival darling Kelly Reichardt follows up lauded drama First Cow with this portrait of an artist on the verge of a career-changing exhibition. As she navigates household, pals, and colleagues within the lead as much as her present, the chaos of life turns into the inspiration for nice artwork. Michelle Williams stars alongside Hong Chau, Judd Hirsch, André Benjamin, Heather Lawless, John Magaro, James Le Gros, and Amanda Plummer. A24 has the reins.

She Said

The story of how New York Times reporters Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor broke some of the vital tales in a era — the Harvey Weinstein investigations which helped launch the #MeToo motion and shattered many years of silence across the topic of sexual assault in Hollywood. Maria Schrader (Unorthodox) directs a forged together with Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan as the 2 Times reporters, alongside Patricia Clarkson, Samantha Morton, and extra. Universal has set a November 18 launch date.

Occupied City

It’s not solely clear whether or not Steve McQueen’s intriguing documentary about Amsterdam beneath Nazi occupation throughout World War II will probably be prepared for finish of 12 months nevertheless it has been in manufacturing for a number of years and was near being absolutely financed in late 2020. With a $5.7M finances, this isn’t your common European doc. The movie, which already has some blue chip companions, relies on the ebook Atlas van een Bezette Stad, Amsterdam 1940-1945 by Bianca Stigter (McQueen’s spouse). Stitger’s personal well-received Holocaust documentary Three Minutes: A Lengthening just lately launched at Venice and Toronto and can play Sundance. Anything by the good McQueen will probably be coveted by audiences and festivals the world over.

Untitled David O. Russell Project 

Plot particulars have been saved beneath wraps on this one, which is rumoured to be a Depression period piece revolving round a physician and lawyer who type an unlikely partnership. Who wants plot when you’ve gotten Margot Robbie, Christian Bale, John David Washington, Rami Malek, Zoe Saldana, Robert De Niro, Mike Myers, Timothy Olyphant, Michael Shannon, Chris Rock, Anya Taylor-Joy, Andrea Riseborough, Matthias Schoenaerts. Alessandro Nivola and Taylor Swift. The workforce consists of three-time Oscar-winning DoP Emmanuel Lubezki of Gravity, Birdman and The Revenant fame in addition to Joker composer Hildur Guðnadóttir. twentieth Century Studios has set a November 4 launch.

Zone Of Interest

This one has been a gradual burn, as you’ll count on from Under The Skin filmmaker Jonathan Glazer, so whether or not it’s prepared for 2022 comes with a giant query mark. The free adaptation of Martin Amis’ novel The Zone Of Interest is about within the Auschwitz Concentration Camp and charts the story of a Nazi officer who has turn into enamored with the camp commandant’s spouse. Filming wrapped within the fall so there’s a small probability we see it within the coming 12 months. As we revealed, that is one other A24 cost.

Crimes Of The Future

David Cronenberg Viggo Mortensen Léa Seydoux Kristen Stewart

(L-R) David Cronenberg, Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart

Eight years since his final characteristic, 78-year-old David Cronenberg returns with this style movie starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart (in her first function since Spencer) and Scott Speedman. Producers describe the horror-sci- fi movie as a “deep dive into the not-so-distant future in which humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings”. Cannes is a logical Cronenberg match however there will probably be no scarcity of suitors.

The End

Where Tilda goes, festivals go. The Act Of Killing director Joshua Oppenheimer is again after virtually a decade away from the director’s chair with this mysterious undertaking described as a “Golden Age musical about the last human family”. Swinton will star with George Mackay and Stephen Graham within the film from Parasite distributor Neon. Filming doesn’t get underway till early 2022, nevertheless, so this can be a lengthy shot for the autumn circuit.

The Pale Blue Eye

As we revealed, this buzzed-about crime horror sparked a $55M bidding warfare received by Netflix earlier this 12 months. Scott Cooper’s pic, which is presently in manufacturing, follows a veteran detective who investigates the murders, helped by a detail-oriented younger cadet who will later turn into a world well-known writer, Edgar Allan Poe. Christian Bale, Gillian Anderson, Harry Melling (as Poe), Lucy Boynton, Toby Jones, Robert Duvall, and Charlotte Gainsbourg lead the sturdy forged. Black Mass made a pulpy debut on the Lido. Could this observe swimsuit?

My Policeman

This Amazon cost stars Harry Styles as a homosexual policeman who marries a faculty trainer (performed by The Crown breakout Emma Corrin), concealing his true wishes from Fifties society. Acclaimed theater director Michael Grandage directs the characteristic, primarily based on Bethan Roberts’ novel. Imagine the pink carpet hysteria for this one.

Apollo 10 ½

You had me at Richard Linklater. The Boyhood director returns with an animated movie within the Scanner Darkly mould. The coming-of-age story set within the suburbs of Houston, Texas in the summertime of 1969, is centered across the historic Apollo 11 moon touchdown. Yet one other Netflix cost, so presumably no Cannes for this one. Cast consists of Zachary Levi, Jack Black and Glen Powell.


Will Smith / Antoine Fuqua

Will Smith / Antoine Fuqua

A runaway slave forges by means of the swamps of Louisiana on a tortuous journey to flee plantation house owners that just about killed him. Antoine Fuqua’s buzzed about script, snapped up by Apple, is on the industrial finish of this record and isn’t apparent competition fare however the director’s Magnificent Seven did play at Toronto and Venice and this may very well be a splashy get for a serious competition. Will Smith stars.

The Stars At Noon

Claire Denis, one of many world’s greatest filmmakers, will all the time be a draw for festivals. Her newest, primarily based on the Denis Johnson novel, may very well be certainly one of her most industrial outings so far. Set in 1984 Nicaragua, a mysterious English businessman and a headstrong American journalist strike up a romance as they quickly turn into embroiled in a harmful labyrinth of lies and conspiracies and are pressured to try to escape the nation. Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn star. A24 boarded early.

Little Richard: I Am Everything

Rolling Stone is a associate on this documentary concerning the trailblazing, one-of-a-kind rock ‘n’ roll icon. Lisa Cortés, co-director of Stacey Abrams doc All In: The Fight For Democracy, is on the helm and Dee Rees (Mudbound) is amongst exec-producers. The undertaking might need to go some to be prepared in time for fall festivals however there’s nothing like a rousing music doc to offer a competition a shot within the arm (see Amazing Grace at Berlin, Summer Of Soul at Sundance and so forth).


This hybrid documentary is lauded Argentine filmmaker Martel’s first foray into non-fiction and centres on the homicide of indigenous activist Javier Chocobar by a white landowner. It received the highest worldwide prize on the 2020 Locarno Film Festival’s The Films After Tomorrow initiative, for tasks that stalled because of the pandemic. Martel, identified for movies resembling The Headless Woman and La Cienaga, most just lately made competition favorite Zama, which debuted in Venice.


Follows Lydia Tar, the first-ever feminine chief conductor of a serious German orchestra. Todd Field directs Cate Blanchett, Nina Hoss, Noemie Merlant and Mark Strong. Hildur Godnadottir is composer.

3000 Years Of Longing

Tilda Swinton Idris Elba George Miller
(L-R) Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba and George Miller Mega; AP Images

George Miller’s first characteristic since 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road sees Idris Elba star with Tilda Swinton on this fantasy-romance story. The film started filming in 2020 for a deliberate September 2021 supply however was pushed again. Miller took Fury Road to the Croisette for an Out of Competition berth in 2015. A return can be enjoyable.

Way again when, Tom Hanks was the primary A-list superstar to catch and get better from Covid-19. The Oscar winner stars as Presley’s supervisor Colonel Tom Parker on this anticipated musical drama, which wrapped shoot in 2020 and stars Austin Butler as Presley. Luhrmann has historical past with Cannes having opened the 2013 version with The Great Gatsby. Warner Bros will roll this one out from June, 2022.

Triangle Of Sadness

Woody Harrelson and Ruben Ostlund

Woody Harrelson and Ruben Ostlund on the set of Triangle Of Sadness.
Plattform Produktion

The anticipated follow-up to Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winner The Square is a fashion-world satire starring Harris Dickinson and Vicky Berlin as two fashions who’re invited on a luxurious cruise; when the yacht sinks, they’re left stranded on a desert island with a gaggle of billionaires and a cleansing girl. Woody Harrelson can also be among the many forged. Erik Hemmendorff and Philippe Bober produced. The movie wrapped in late 2020 after a difficult, pandemic-impacted shoot.


The Northman

The Witch and The Lighthouse filmmaker Robert Eggers is again within the saddle with this Viking revenge saga set in Iceland on the flip of the tenth century. Alexander Skarsgard, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe are amongst forged. Focus Features, which just lately revealed a blood and thunder trailer for the film, is releasing in April so competition likelihood is restricted.

Blossoms Shanghai

Blossoms Shanghai
“Blossoms Shanghai”Jet Tone

Wong Kar Wai’s anticipated debut TV collection, primarily based on Jin Yucheng’s novel, was suspended by the pandemic not lengthy after the filmmaker’s Amazon collection Tong Wars was cancelled for comparable causes. The collection is being billed as containing comparable themes to In The Mood For Love, with it tracing Hong Kong’s affect on Shanghai in the course of the Nineteen Nineties. Tencent Penguin Pictures has acquired rights for China. Block 2 Distribution is dealing with worldwide gross sales. Festivals will probably be falling over themselves to program it of their TV strands.

The Last Planet

Festival favourite Terrence Malick’s newest is a retelling of a number of episodes within the lifetime of Christ. The under-wraps undertaking options Son of Saul star Geza Rohrig as Jesus, Matthias Schoenaerts as Apostle Peter, Mark Rylance as Satan and Aidan Turner as Apostle Andrew.

Kuru Otlar Üstüne

Feted Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s subsequent undertaking interprets roughly as On Dry Herbs. Currently in post-production, the movie follows a younger trainer who hopes to get a job in Istanbul after necessary obligation in a small village. After a protracted wait, he loses hope of escaping his gloomy life, however his colleague Nuray helps him regain perspective. The filmmaker is a Cannes common and received the Palme d’Or in 2014 so a return to the Croisette would make sense.

Peter Von Kant

Isabelle Adjani stars on this movie adaptation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s cult play The Bitter Tears Of Petra Von Kant. Francois Ozon directs. Fassbinder additionally made a movie model that includes all-female forged. It adopted the altering dynamics within the protagonist’s relationships with different ladies. The story was informed in a theater-like vogue in 4 completely different acts, every depicting the states of thoughts of the principle character.

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