Opening opposite Salt and Countdown to Zero on 7.23 is Christian Carlon‘s Farewell, a fact-based espionage drama involving Russian secrets funneled to the French, and set in the early ’80s. There’s an immediate Day of the Jackal/Smiley’s People vibe from the trailer. It played in Telluride last year. An intriguing John Anderson piece in the N.Y. Times got me started.

The costars are Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Guillaume Canet, Ingeborga Dapknaite, David Soul, Dina Korzun, Phillipe Magnan, Yevgeni Kharlanov, Willem Dafoe and Fred Ward.

Only one screening in Manhattan so far, and another I’ll miss on Wednesday. (I’m trying to snag a screener as we speak.) I’ve never even heard of the distributor, NeoClassics Films, and a well-connected LA friend couldn’t find any screening invites in his inbox.