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2012 Fall Preview: 10 Best Films We’ve Seen & 10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released

Written by on September 6, 2012 

10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released (cont.)

5. Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach)

Early word out of Telluride for this surprise Noah Baumbach flick has been very positive, with many embracing its fat-free 86-minute runtime as well as the old-fashioned black-and-white aesthetic, which, in theory, does seem like an appropriate match for the relaxed appeal of star and co-writer Greta Gerwig. Many have compared it to Lena Dunham’s Girls, not only because of the reportedly scene-stealing presence of a supporting Adam Driver. I was excited when this out-of-nowhere project was included in the TIFF lineup, and that feeling has only escalated in the weeks since. It has no US distribution yet. – Danny K.

4. At Any Price (Ramin Bahrani)

Known for his neorealistic touches in his first two features especially (Chop Shop and Man Push Cart), Ramin Bahrani has returned for what is certainly his largest production yet. Led by Zac EfronDennis Quaid and Heather GrahamAt Any Price takes a looks inside both the professional racing and farming worlds. Already debuting at Venice and Telluride to strong reviews across the board, we are hoping Sony Pictures Classics releases this drama by year’s end. – Jordan R.

3. Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas)

One of the world’s more celebrated directors is tackling one of his own country’s more fractured periods. That, I like to think, is reason enough for such high placement, though that might also discount what incredible work is on display in our first looks at the film, or even the Godard-like notion of looking at France’s late ‘60s / early ‘70s strife from the underdog’s side of things. (Probably with less shots of a tape recorder featuring Assayas’ voice, to boot.) If Carlos showed us one thing it’s that this filmmaker can mix historical elements, political action and genuine thrills into one great package. The promise of more is really all I need. IFC Films has picked it up for a US release, but have not set a release yet.  – Nick N.

2. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)

Shaping up to be one of the most sought-after titles at TIFF is the next feature from Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance. Retreaming with Ryan Gosling, Pines almost comically seems like a Drive cousin at the outset, with the star acting as a motorcycle stunt driver, as well as a bank robber. Adding in a cast of Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Ben Mendelsohn and Ray Liotta, Cianfrance is expanding his scope as this one jumps generations, but hopefully retaining his intimate touch. There is no US distribution for the film yet. – Jordan R.

1. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)

The most elusive festival film of the year is far and away our most-anticipated. After delivering what will likely take a few more years to be considered a cinematic classic with The Tree of Life, Terrence Malick is back just a short 16 months later with this romantic drama. Impressions from Venice indicate a feature just as initially divisive as his others, which has us all the more excited. No US distribution has been acquired yet. – Jordan R.

The Film Stage’s 2012 Fall Preview

10 Best Films We’ve Seen: [#10-6] [#5-1]
10 Festival Titles We Hope Will Get Released: [#10-6] [#5-1]
20 Most-Anticipated Films: [#20-#16] [#15-11] [#10-6] [#5-1]

What are you most-anticipating this fall? Have you seen any on the festival circuit?

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