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US Trailer for Acclaimed Italian Film 'A Ciambra' Produced by Scorsese

A Ciambra Trailer

"You're almost a man Pio." IFC + Sundance Selects has debuted the official US trailer for A Ciambra, a film that played to great reviews in the Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The story follows a 14-year-old boy named Pio growing up in a Romani community in Southern Italy. Martin Scorsese loved the film so much, he joined as an executive producer and is presenting it in the US. The trailer starts out with a nice Scorsese quote about how the world in the film is so fully realized he felt like he was "living alongside its characters." Starring Pio Amato as Pio, plus Koudous Seihon & Damiano Amato. If you haven't already heard about this film, now is the time, and you'll probably hear more about this as it gets closer to the release. It won't open in the US until early 2018, but catch the trailer below for your first look.

 Posted October 2 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Japan's Live-Action Horror Adaptation 'Tokyo Ghoul'

Tokyo Ghoul Trailer

"Humans are no longer at the top of the food chain." A new US trailer has arrived online for the Japanese live-action adaptation of the manga series Tokyo Ghoul, which already opened in theaters in Japan back in July. The story is about a Tokyo college student who is attacked by a ghoul, a superpowered human who feeds on human flesh. He then discovers there's an entire race of ghouls and becomes a fugitive on the run, the "one and only existence who knows the two worlds." Starring Yû Aoi, Masataka Kubota, Shun'ya Shiraishi, Nozomi Sasaki, Fumika Shimizu, Yô Ôizumi, and others. One of the quotes in this trailer claims the film is the "best live-action anime adaptation to date." Not sure if that's true but it's worth a look.

 Posted October 2 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official Trailer for Brazilian Western 'O Matador' From Marcelo Galvão

O Matador Trailer

"When you're born to kill, you have to have an empty mind." Netflix has unveiled an official trailer for a Brazilian western titled O Matador, telling the story of Cabeleira, a feared killer living in the countryside of Pernambuco State in the 1840's. Diogo Morgado stars as Cabeleira, a gunman who goes looking for his missing mentor but ends up working for a ruthless French land baron as a hired assassin. The cast includes Maria de Medeiros, Will Roberts, Etienne Chicot, Phil Miler, Marat Descartes, Mel Lisboa, and Paulo Gorgulho. The trailer has another English title, simply just The Killer, but I like O Matador better. This definitely seems like a gritty western, with plenty of violence and slick cinematography. Watch below.

 Posted September 29 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Badass Full UK Trailer for Gritty Japanese Action Thriller Film 'Re:Born'

Re:Born Trailer

"If you want my blood… come and get it!" Eureka Entertainment has debuted a new official UK trailer for a Japanese action thriller titled Re:Born, which premiered at a few genre film festivals last year. Re:Born features a hand-to-hand fighting technique called "Zero-Range Combat", originally developed by combat strategist and master fight instructor Yoshitaka Inagawa. The film's story follows a covert soldier with a mysterious past who decides to once again unleash the "beast inside of him" to stand up for what he cares about. The cast includes Tak Sakaguchi, Yura Kondo, Takumi Saitô, Mariko Shinoda, and Akio Ôtsuka. This trailer has hints at some of the badass action in this film, which looks like a lot of very close-range fighting, including inside a phone booth at one point. I don't know much about this, but it looks cool.

 Posted September 25 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Eva Green in International Trailer for Polanski's 'Based on a True Story'

Based on a True Story Trailer

"You're in danger carrying this trust…" An official international trailer from France has debuted for the latest Roman Polanski drama titled Based on a True Story, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Most of the reviews were mixed to negative, despite two great performances, the story is redundant and bland and the film never amounts to much. Based on a True Story is about a famous writer, played by Emmanuelle Seigner, going through a tough time who hires a ghost writer to help her with her work. However, it turns out "L", played by Eva Green, is more of an obsessive admirer who actually has an ulterior motive. The full cast includes Vincent Perez, Damien Bonnard, Dominique Pinon, Noémie Lvovsky, and Camille Chamoux. This is worth watching just for Eva Green, but that's about all I can say.

 Posted September 22 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Donnie Yen in Official US Trailer for Crime Film 'Chasing the Dragon'

Chasing the Dragon Trailer

"Whatever I get in the future, you will get half." Well Go USA has unveiled two official trailers for the Hong Kong action film Chasing the Dragon, from directors Jason Kwan & Jing Wong. This true story is about a drug lord in the 1960s, who snuck into British-ruled Hong Kong as an illegal immigrant. Donnie Yen stars as "Crippled Ho", who uses his combat skills to get deep into the underground world before being physically ruined. He eventually works under the control of Chief Detective Sergeant, Lee Rock, played Andy Lau, until the Independent Commission Against Corruption (aka the ICAC) in 1974. The full cast includes Philip Keung, Kang Yu, Kent Cheng, and Bryan Larkin. This looks cool but also totally crazy, almost like a parody more than a drama. It also seems like there might be a few badass action scenes hidden in this film.

 Posted September 19 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full US Trailer for Switzerland's Oscar Submission 'The Divine Order'

The Divine Order Trailer

"I am in favour of women's right to vote." Zeitgeist Films has unveiled an official US trailer for the highly acclaimed Swiss film The Divine Order, also known as Die Göttliche Ordnung in German. This film has been selected by Switzerland as their official entry into the Academy Awards this year. The Divine Order tells the story of women's voting rights in Switzerland, which were granted only a few years ago, in 1971. The story follows an "unassuming and dutiful housewife" who begins a suffragette movement in her small, peaceful town. She convinces the local women to go on strike and eventually begins an uprising that changes the entire country. Starring Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Marta Zoffoli, and Bettina Stucky. This looks like a fantastic film filled with great performances. I've been looking forward to seeing it ever since first hearing about it earlier this year. Enjoy.

 Posted September 8 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New US Trailer for Ruben Östlund's Brilliant Social Satire 'The Square'

The Square US Trailer

"We, as a museum, mustn't be afraid to push boundaries." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the official US trailer for Ruben Östlund's latest film The Square, which won the top prize Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It's one of my favorite films this year, a very brilliant social satire about how we think we're helping but really aren't. It also skewers the modern art world, and marketing, and the upper class, and so much more. Claes Bang stars as the director of a contemporary art museum in Sweden, but when his phone is stolen it sets off a series of events that lead him to an existential crisis. It also stars Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary (as the ape!), and Christopher Læssø. I wrote a glowing review in Cannes and I've been raving about it ever since, telling everyone I know to check it out. Just go watch this.

 Posted September 6 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Israeli Film 'Foxtrot' Playing Venice, Telluride, Toronto

Foxtrot Trailer

A short teaser trailer has debuted for the new film from Israeli director Samuel Maoz, titled Foxtrot. This film is premiering at the Venice Film Festival (tomorrow) and is also playing at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, meaning it is definitely something impressive and the buzz will start to hit hard right away. Maoz is the director who made the fantastic entirely-inside-a-tank film Lebanon a few years ago, and this is his latest feature. Foxtrot is about a family who must face the facts when their son is killed at a desolate military outpost. Starring Lior Ashkenazi and Sarah Adler. Even though there's not much this will give you a good idea of what's going on. So far so good, I'm looking forward to seeing it in Venice. Watch below.

 Posted August 31 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Wild New Red Band Trailer for Takashi Miike's 'Blade of the Immortal'

Blade of the Immortal Trailer

"There is a man somewhere in edo who will never die." Magnet Releasing has debuted a badass, bloody new red band trailer for Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal, being billed as the "100th film" from the Japanese filmmaker. Adapted from a manga of the same name, it's about an immortal samurai who has to kill 1000 evil men in order to regain his mortality after being hired to protect a young girl. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Takuya Kimura and Tsutomu Yamazaki. The film first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is also playing at Fantastic Fest this fall. I interviewed Takashi Miike at Cannes, talking about violence and more. This has some seriously awesome action, and a totally weird, wild story. As expected from Miike.

 Posted August 30 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Korean Serial Killer Thriller 'Memoir of a Murder'

Memoir of a Murder Trailer

"He recognized me just as I recognized him." Well Go USA has released the official US trailer for Shin-yeon Won's Memoir of a Murder, a serial killer -vs- serial killer thriller from Korea. The totally outlandish but totally Korean plot is about a former serial killer with Alzheimer's who fights to protect his daughter from her psychotic serial killer boyfriend. Yeah, that actually sounds cool, right? The cast includes Sol Kyung-Gu, Kim Nam-Gil, and Kim Seol-Hyun. From the looks of it, this is going to be as fun to watch as it is scary, with serial killers lurking everywhere. I'm actually curious about checking this out, even if the title reminds me a bit too much of Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, which is a fantastic film itself. Check it.

 Posted August 29 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Trailer for 'What Will People Say' About a Pakistani Girl Living in Oslo

What Will People Say Trailer

"Won't you hug your papa?" An early trailer has debuted for an indie film titled What Will People Say, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival next month. This autobiographical film is directed by filmmaker Iram Haq, a young Pakistani actress/filmmaker who grew up in Oslo. The film tells the story of 16-year-old Nisha, played by newcomer Maria Mozhdah, a girl living in Oslo who obeys her family's strict Pakistani traditions at home but lives a modern lifestyle with her friends. When she is caught with a white boyfriend, her father sends her to live in Pakistan with relatives. The cast includes Adil Hussain, Ekavali Khanna, Rohit Saraf, Ali Arfan, and Sheeba Chaddha. This looks damn good. It's clear they're trying to build buzz before TIFF in hopes of bringing in audiences to see this during the festival. Definitely worth a look.

 Posted August 29 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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