Worth Watching - Sept 1: Dennis Gansel's The Wave Trailer
The Wave is an compelling German film that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. It's about a high school teacher who sets up an experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship, but it soon spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. This trailer looks incredible - I'm a bit sad that I missed this at Sundance. It received lukewarm reviews and I never found the time to catch a screening, although it was one I wanted to see. But now that this trailer is out I'm anxious to try and catch it. This is your typical international trailer without any dialogue so as to hide the German language, but it still looks fantastic. Be sure to let us know what you think!
Reviews from Sundance praise the film for its "intoxicating power of conformity." James Greenberg from the Hollywood Reporter writes that "the film opens with a rush of energy and doesn't let up." Thoughts?
Watch the international trailer for The Wave:
The Wave (aka Die Welle) is both co-written and directed by German filmmaker Dennis Gansel, of Girls on Top and Before the Fall previously. The film was co-written by Gansel and Peter Thorwarth and is based on a novel of the same name written by Todd Strasser. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but never actually picked up a US distributor. If it does find a distributor, we can expect to see this in theaters sometime in early 2009.