I'd say that alongside Christopher Nolan's Inception, Anton Corbijn's The American is one of my most anticipated films for the rest of the year. I have yet to see Corbijn's acclaimed debut Control, although I will make a point to see it in the coming weeks.
George Clooney's character, Jack, is an assassin who plans to finish his last job in Italy, but along the way he ends up forming strong bonds with Clara (Violante Placido) and Father Benedetto (Paolo Bonacelli). Cinematographer Martin Ruhe, who did some startling work in Harry Brown, worked as Corbijn's director of photography here, and from the looks of things, this appears to be a beautifully shot film. Ruhe also worked with Corbijn on Control, and from what I have heard, he did a great job in that film as well.
The release date for this Focus Features product is currently set for September 1st. Will Clooney find himself in the thick of the Oscar race once again?