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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Fall 2018 Festival Premieres

Written by on August 27, 2018 

Introduzione All’Oscuro (Gastón Solnicki)


In last year’s severely overlooked Kékszakállú, Gastón Solnicki showed off ingenious framing and visual rhythms, and now we’ll see how that translates to the documentary form in this tribute to the late Hans Hurch. Director of the Vienna International Film Festival (and former assistant to Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet), he passed away last summer, resulting in Solnicki to mourn in what promises to be a fascinating, tender cinematic love letter.

Maya (Mia Hansen-Løve)


One of the most accomplished directors to emerge this century, Mia Hansen-Løve has had a streak like few others. She’s now back this fall with Maya, which follows a 30-year-old man named Gabriel, a French war reporter who was taken to hostage in Syria and then heads to India after months in captivity. The story will mainly focus on his journey to Goa, the state in western India where his childhood home is, to reflect on his life after his harrowing experience. If this wasn’t enough, the director is also already shooting her next feature, starring Vicky Krieps.

Meeting Gorbachev (Werner Herzog & André Singer)


While his narrative films haven’t quite been up to snuff lately, Werner Herzog’s documentaries have been riveting. With his latest, he lessens his scope a little bit, culling together the best parts of his recent conversations with Mikhail Gorbachev as well as a wealth of archive footage. At 87 years old, we imagine the last leader of the Soviet Union has much to say, particularly when a figure like Herzog is coaxing it out of him.

The Mountain (Rick Alverson)


If you’ve seen either one of Rick Alverson’s films thus far, The Comedy and Entertainment, you probably get a sense if The Mountain will be up your alley. The added enticing factor here, however, is Jeff Goldblum himself, playing a lobotomist. Also starring Tye Sheridan, Denis Lavant (!), Hannah Gross, and Udo Kier, this promises to be an oddity like no other in the Venice lineup.

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)


If one is still getting nightmares from Jennifer Kent’s impeccably-realized debut film The Babadook, start getting prepared for more frightful imagery as she’s about to debut her follow-up. The Nightingale is a Tasmania-set feature that takes place in 1929 and follows a young convict woman named Claire who seeks revenge for the murder of her family. Aisling Franciosi (Jimmy’s Hall) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) lead the film, alongside Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie, Harry Greenwood, Baykali Ganambarr and Magnolia Maymuru. “It’s certainly not a horror film, but it’s a pretty horrific world,” she said, noting that the worst criminals in the British empire were sent to the locale. “It was a really crazy time for women. We only hear the sanitized version and I wanted to explore it for real.”

Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)


Juliette Binoche recently led a bit of a departure for Claire Denis with the romantic dramedy Let the Sunshine In. It now looks like the actress will be doing the same with Olivier Assayas. Described as a “full-blown comedy set in a Parisian publishing world,” it sounds like another new avenue for Assayas to travel down, who has continually — and pleasantly — surprised audiences with each new film. “Clouds of Sils Maria was a kind of comedy. This is a step further in that direction,” Assayas said last year, which is “very much actor and dialogue-driven, part film, part narrative, part essay.” In what seems to be a first for Assayas, it also looks to be hitting every major fall festival, including Telluride.

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