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US Trailer for 'Our Blood Is Wine' Documentary About Georgian Wine

Our Blood Is Wine Trailer

"No one's made this style of wine for centrues." Wine lovers, this is for you! Music Box Films has debuted an official trailer for a documentary titled Our Blood Is Wine, which just premiered this month at the Berlin Film Festival. Our Blood Is Wine is about families in the Republic of Georgia who revive 8,000 year old winemaking traditions that were almost lost during the era of Soviet domination. "By using unobtrusive iPhone technology, Railsback brings the voices and ancestral legacies of modern Georgians directly to the viewer, revealing an intricate and resilient society that has survived regular foreign invasion and repeated attempts to erase Georgian culture." They make their wine a bit differently, letting it ferment in clay vessels stored underground. This looks like the perfect doc film to enjoy with a big glass of fine wine, of course.

Berlinale 2018: Thomas Stuber's 'In the Aisles' is a Bitter Sweet Comedy

In the Aisles Review

There's nothing like an entertaining romantic comedy to instill some warmth and hope in the hearts of all those hopeless romantics out there. In the Aisles, also titled In den Gängen, is a German romantic comedy that was one of the final films to premiere at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival. Set mostly at one of those big box, bulk items stores like Costco, the film is about a quiet, hard-working new employee who falls for one of the other employees. It's a simple romance, but oh so sweet, as sweet as a bar of delicious dark chocolate - meaning there's a tiny bit of bitterness to it, but it's still satisfying. I kind of loved this film, it wanders a bit, but there's something nice about it that made me feel enticed and entranced by its awkward German charm.

Watch: Oscar-Nominated Short Doc 'Knife Skills' About Ex-Con Chefs

Knife Skills Short Doc

There's only one week to go until the Academy Awards ceremony. One of the nominated Best Documentary Short Films is this one, Knife Skills, from veteran filmmaker/producer Thomas Lennon. Knife Skills is a 40-minute short film profiling the hectic launch of Edwins (visit their official site), a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio, where most of the staff are just out of prison. Lennon explains his intentions to The New Yorker: "Can I make you think about an issue and care about an issue? Think about the people and care about those people?" It's not just a film about chefs, or prison, or running a restaurant, it's about all of those things and more. If you want to watch the short, it's available below for free only for US viewers.

US Trailer for Claire Denis' 'Let the Sunshine In' with Juliette Binoche

Let the Sunshine In

"If I were you, I wouldn't torture myself." Sundance Selects + IFC Films have released an official US trailer for the latest film from French filmmaker extraordinaire Claire Denis, titled Let the Sunshine In, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Also titled Un beau soleil intérieur in French, the film stars Juliette Binoche as a middle aged, confident French woman dealing with a variety of unsuitable suitors in this romantic comedy. She meets a number of different men, each who have their own perks and quirks, and downsides as she figures out what romance means to her at this point in her life. The cast includes Xavier Beauvois, Philippe Katerine, Josiane Balasko, Sandrine Dumas, Nicolas Duvauchelle, and Alex Descas. This is a fun film with some fine French humor, but definitely not one of Claire Denis' best. Enjoy.

First Trailer for Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller 'What Still Remains'

What Still Remains Trailer

People become their own kind of monster. Spotlight Pictures has released the first trailer for the indie post-apocalyptic thriller titled What Still Remains, from writer/director Josh Mendoza. We've been getting quite a few of these indie post-apocalyptic films recently, and this one already reminds me of all the others. Lulu Antariksa stars a woman struggling to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease. When a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him. Also stars Liam Hemsworth lookalike Colin O'Donoghue, plus Dohn Norwood, Peter O'Brien, Mimi Rogers, Jeff Kober, Roshon Fegan, Siena Goines, Chris Ellis, and Tobias Jelinek. This unfortunately doesn't look unique or good in any way. But happy to share the trailer anyway.

Trailer for Hip-Hop Biopic 'Roxanne Roxanne' About the NYC Musician

Roxanne Roxanne Trailer

"Listen, I know the streets are calling, but you must find a way to rise above it." Netflix has released an official trailer for a new biopic film titled Roxanne Roxanne, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017. Roxanne Roxanne tells the true story of New York rapper and musician "Roxanne Shanté" Gooden, who at only the age of 14 became one of the first female MCs in the rap world. Newcomer Chante Adams plays Roxanne Shante, and the full cast includes Nia Long, Mahershala Ali, Elvis Nolasco, Kevin Phillips, Shenell Edmonds, and Adam Horovitz. This seems like a great follow-up and the East Coast answer to the film Straight Outta Compton, telling a very different story of a badass young MC from Queens. I don't remember hearing much about this at Sundance, but it seems like it's worth a watch anyway.

Saoirse Ronan in Official Trailer for Dominic Cooke's 'On Chesil Beach'

On Chesil Beach Trailer

"What is it, darling?" Bleecker Street has released the official US trailer for an indie drama titled On Chesil Beach, which premiered at the Toronto and London Film Festivals last year to some rave reviews. Set in England in 1962, the film follows a young idyllic couple, exploring sexual freedom and the societal pressure that can accompany physical intimacy, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night. The wonderfully talented Saoirse Ronan stars as "Flo", with Billy Howle as her fiance Edward, along with a cast including Emily Watson, Samuel West, Anne-Marie Duff, Bebe Cave, and Adrian Scarborough. This looks like a very unique, and very powerful romantic drama that addresses sexuality and intimacy directly, which is refreshing to see in cinema these days. Based on the buzz, this is something to watch out for this summer.

Teaser for Indian Filmmaker Q's Film 'Garbage' Premiering at Berlinale

Garbage Teaser Trailer

"He's not here again today, Maharaj." This looks disgusting. The first teaser trailer has debuted online for a film from India titled Garbage, the latest from controversial filmmaker Qaushiq Mukherjee, known as "Q" (who last directed Brahman Naman). The film is about a taxi driver in the city of Goa named Phanishwar, played by Tanmay Dhanania, who is an angry internet troll and maniac that keeps a woman as a slave in his apartment. One day he meets a new woman, and becomes her driver, whilst secretly stalking her online. Also starring Trimala Adhikari, Satarupa Das, Gitanjali Dang, and Shruti Viswan. This is the kind of weird film that is going to be upsetting to some, but possibly intriguing to others. It just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week, and is trying to find distribution. Watch out - this teaser is definitely NSFW.

Jared Leto in First Trailer for Yakuza Film 'The Outsider' from Netflix

The Outsider Trailer

"I understand… In life, sometimes we fight the current." Netflix has debuted the first official trailer for an action crime drama titled The Outsider, which will be available on Netflix starting next week - not much of a wait. They're getting better at dropping new films out of nowhere. The Outsider is the latest feature made by Danish director Martin Zandvliet, who last made the Oscar-nominated (from 2016) film Land of Mine. Jared Leto stars in this as an imprisoned American soldier in post-WWII Japan. After being released, he ends up working for the Yakuza to earn their respect and repay his debt. The full cast includes Tadanobu Asano, Kippei Shiina, Shioli Kutsuna, Emile Hirsch, Raymond Nicholson, Rory Cochrane, Nao Omori, and Min Tanaka. Okay, this actually looks pretty damn cool. Definitely worth looking into below.

First Trailer for Idris Elba's Directorial Debut 'Yardie' with Aml Ameen

Yardie Trailer

"It's time to let go… Choose the right path, son." Get your first look at the directorial debut of English actor Idris Elba, titled Yardie. This film premiered at both the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, and should hit theaters later this year, even though there still isn't any news on a US distribution deal. Elba's Yardie, based on the novel by Victor Headley, is about a young Jamaican boy who moves to London in the 80s and gets involved in gang war in Hackney. Aml Ameen stars as D, and the cast includes Everaldo Creary, Stephen Graham, Mark Rhino Smith, Akin Gazi, Fraser James, Deepak Anand, Naomi Ackie, and Shantol Jackson. I wish I could say this is a great film and everyone should watch it when it comes out, but I just saw it at the Berlin Film Festival, and it's no good. It has some seriously bad scenes and the direction is lackluster. I really wish it was better than it is. Take a look anyway, maybe others will still dig it.

Forest Whitaker & Eric Bana in Official Trailer for 'The Forgiven' Drama

The Forgiven Trailer

"He'll try and destroy you." Saban Films has debuted an official trailer for a powerful indie film titled The Forgiven, featuring two riveting performances in a tense thriller based on real events. Forest Whitaker stars as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who meets with a brutal criminal in a maximum security prison seeking redemption. Eric Bana plays the prisoner, Piet Blomfeld, a notorious murderer seeking clemency. The cast also includes Jeff Gum, Morné Visser, Terry Norton, Rob Gough, and Debbie Sherman. The real Desmond Tutu commented on the film: "This timely, compelling and intelligent film, movingly, and above all humanely, captures what it felt like to be working with those selfless members of the TRC who strove, often against the odds, to help bring both truth and reconciliation to the ordinary people of South Africa."

Meet Foley Artists Making Sounds for Films in 'Actors of Sound' Trailer

Actors of Sound Trailer

"There's a huge difference between listening and hearing." If you're a movie geek or a filmmaker, you know that foley artists an an important part of the filmmaking process. These people work in grungy studios to create the various sounds and noises we hear in movies. Actors of Sound is a feature-length documentary about foley artists, directed by filmmaker Lalo Molina. This first premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2016, and is finally getting released direct on iTunes this month. "From footsteps to bone cracks, foley artists bring films to life with their imaginative sound effects, but as digital technology goes full speed ahead in 21st century movie-making, can Hollywood's low tech foley artist survive in this high tech age?" This is a great follow up to the sound of Star Wars short doc The Force of Sound that also released this week. Enjoy.

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