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Our 20 Most-Anticipated Fall 2018 Festival Premieres

Written by on August 27, 2018 

Our Time (Carlos Reygadas)


Less speedy in his production than some of his contemporaries, but no less attention-catching, Carlos Reygadas is to next give us Our Time, formerly titled Where Life Is Born. Shot last year, according to producer Katrin Pors, “is a simple but powerful story of love and loss of love in open couple relationships set in the context of Mexico’s bull-breeding ranches.” The story follows Ester, who falls in love with another man and her husband Juan seems unable to meet the expectations he has of himself. Set to debut at Venice, hopefully another formally audacious experience is in store.

Shadow (Zhang Yimou)


Despite taking in over double its budget worldwide, The Great Wall barely registered here in the United States, making the ideal next step for Zhang Yimou to return to his roots, and he’s done just that. His period martial arts epic Shadow is a mystic thriller that takes place during medieval China and tells the story of a king and his people’s struggle for their rightful land – all told through the perspectives of the king, his sister, his commander, the entrapped women of the palace, and a commoner. Set to premiere at Venice, the ensemble features Ryan Zheng, Xiaotong Guan, Chao Deng, Li Sun, Qianyuan Wang, Jun Hu, Lei Wu, and Jingchun Wang.

Sunset (László Nemes)


Following up his Oscar-winning drama Son of Saul, László Nemes is facing the formidable challenge that is a sophomore effort with his next feature Sunset. Set to premiere at Venice then play at TIFF, the film follows a woman in 1913 Budapest as she confronts those in a town that won’t let her take her own path. Starring Juli Jakab and Vlad Ivanov, the first full trailer sells an intense drama, but not in the same register as his gripping debut.

Vox Lux (Brady Corbet)


After leading one of the most formally interesting, bold studio films of the year with Annihilation, Natalie Portman is back this fall with two festival premieres. Debuting at the 75th Venice International Film Festival is Brady Corbet’s musical Vox Lux, also starring Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle. Corbet’s follow-up to his impressive The Childhood of a Leader follows Portman as Celeste in a 15-year odyssey from trauma to pop stardom. Cinematographer Lol Crawley (45 Years) reteamed with Corbet to shoot in 65mm, and coupled with the score by Scott Walker and original songs by Sia, we can’t wait to see this one.

What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? (Roberto Minervini)


After completing his stellar Texas Trilogy, Italian filmmaker Roberto Minervini, who lives in the American South, headed to New Orleans for this latest documentary. Set to play Venice, TIFF, and NYFF, the black-and-white portrait What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire? follows a group of African-Americans in an America that has been built to disenfranchise them.

Your Face (Tsai Ming-liang)


In what looks to be a nod to Abbas Kiarostami’s Shirin, Tsai Ming-liang’s latest feature finds him zeroing on the human face. Scored by Ryuichi Sakamoto, the film follows people as they peer into the Taiwanese director’s camera and express themselves however they see fit. Not a great deal else is known about the project, set to premiere at Venice and play NYFF, but it promises to be a captivating experiment.

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