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Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #82. Sofia Exarchou’s Animal / Maria Drandaki

Top 200 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2023: #82. Sofia Exarchou’s Animal


She saw her feature debut Park break out at major A fests such as TIFF, San Sebastián and Rotterdam, Sofia Exarchou would get a helping hand for her sophomore project workshopping at the Cannes Cinefondation’s L’Atelier. Animal would have gone into production in October, and tells the story of a group of entertainers who work at an all-inclusive island resort unfolds amid games, dance shows and nightly encounters that take place quietly behind the scenes. Produced by Homemade Films’ Maria Drandaki and Maria Kontogianni. We can’t wait.

Gist: A group of animateurs performs every night on the stage of Hotel Mirage, on the coast of a Greek island. As summer intensifies, the fiesta becomes fiercer, more daring. The nights turn violent, and the pop trance of flamboyance gives way to the rough void of yet another drunken extravaganza. A wild summer story is revealed in the darkness. But when the spotlights are on again, their show must go on.

Release Date/Prediction: Venice Film Festival – Giornate Degli Autori section.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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