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"A faultless romantic epic." Curzon Artificial Eye has revealed an official UK trailer for the award-winning Polish film Cold War (or Zimna Wojna), which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in competition this May. Cold War is the latest from acclaimed Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski (The Woman in the Fifth, Ida) and he also won Best Director in Cannes. The film is about a passionate love story between two people, who are fatefully mismatched. Wiktor, played by Tomasz Kot, falls for Zula, played by Joanna Kulig, and they spend years drifting together and apart. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s. The cast includes Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cèdric Kahn, and Jeanne Balibar. The two leads are stupendous, some of the best performances all year, enhanced by gorgeous B&W shots by Pawlikowski's DP Lukasz Zal. This lovely trailer provides a preview of some of the mesmerizing jazz music from the film.
"Your father owed him money but couldn't pay back." Grasshopper Film has released an official US trailer for an acclaimed crime drama titled Cocote, set in the Dominican Republic and made by a talented up-and-coming Dominican filmmaker named Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias. The film first premiered at the Locarno and Toronto Film Festivals last year, and played at a few other festivals before its upcoming release in limited US theaters later this July. Cocote is about an Evangelical Christian man who attends the funeral services for his father in his small hometown, where he has to participate in religious rites that clash with his beliefs and he finds himself pressured to take revenge on the murderer. Cocote stars Vicente Santos, Judth Rodríguez, and Yuberbi de la Rosa. This looks like a very authentic, riveting film about a man struggling to come to grips with his own reality after the death of his father. This one is for real cinephiles.
"Sadness will last forever." Wild Eye Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for a Portuguese horror film titled The Forest of the Lost Souls, or originally A Floresta das Almas Perdidas in Portuguese. The psychological coming-of-age horror film is about two strangers who find themselves in the same "dense and remote forest", a place where many people go to commit suicide. They continue talking and walking and start to learn more about each other, taking them down a path neither expected. The Forest of the Lost Souls stars Daniela Love and Jorge Mota, along with Mafalda Banquart, Lígia Roque, Lília Lopes, and Tiago Jácome. It's hard to really figure out what's going on in this trailer, but it looks like there might be something intriguing here. It also seems like there's a major twist or two we're not supposed to see coming.
"Welcome to the squad." Well Go USA has released the first teaser trailer for a new action thriller from the Philippines titled BuyBust, the latest film made by veteran Filipino filmmaker Erik Matti. This looks action packed and intense as all hell, with some badass fight scenes for sure. The plot of BuyBust involves the anti-drug enforcement agency staging a massive drug bust in the slums of Manila in the Philippines. But when things go wrong, they get stuck in the middle of a brutal drug gang and hordes of bloodthirsty citizens, so their only option is to fight their way out. Anne Curtis (from In Your Eyes, The Gifted) stars, along with Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, Victor Neri, Joross Gamboa, Nafa Hilario-Cruz, Brandon Vera, and Nonie Buencamino. This looks way better than you're probably expecting - it's worth a watch.
"The Party won't be so easily convinced." CJ Entertainment has debuted the first international teaser trailer for a political thriller titled The Spy Gone North, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Midnight section earlier this summer. The latest from Korean filmmaker Yoon Jong-bin (The Unforgiven, Kundo: Age of the Rampant), the intense double agent film follows a South Korean spy who infiltrates the North to obtain intelligence on the country's nuclear weapons plans in the mid-1990s. This stars Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, and Ju Ji-hoon. This looks damn good, even if it is just another typical double agent thriller, there's some cool set pieces. The scene where the troops step back and the guy puts his hand up is chilling, I really want to see how that plays out from there. Get a first look below.
Finally! Warner Bros Korea has debuted the first full-length international trailer for In-rang, a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade. This is the latest film made by talented filmmaker Kim Jee-woon (of The Good the Bad the Weird, I Saw the Devil, The Last Stand, The Age of Shadows) adapting a very popular, very awesome anime into a live-action film. They've adapted the story to be set in Korea in the future, in a time where North and South Korea are about to merge. The South Korean police launch a special unit known as "The Wolf Brigade" to stop an anti-reunification terrorist group. The original anime is known as one of the best animes ever, up there with Akira, and this looks like an exciting live-action version that's very close to the original. The cast is lead by Gang Dong-won, Han Hyo-joo, Jung Woo-sung, with Kim Mu-yeol, Choi Min-ho, Han Ye-ri, Shin Eun-soo, and Choi Jin-ho. I so wish I could watch this in theaters when it opens in Korea this month, but we have to wait. Fire it up below.
"Do you really feel no pain?" This looks like a must see. An official trailer has debuted for an indie film from Russia titled Jumpman, which is the third film from Russian filmmaker Ivan I. Tverdovskiy (Corrections Class and Zoology). Jumpman stars Denis Vlasenko as Dennis, a boy who grew up in an orphanage and has a very rare illness - he is immune to pain. This makes him popular among other boys, who take bets on how long he can endure cruel physical games. One day his mother returns and takes him in, forcing him to become a "jumpman" - someone who jumps in front of cars to blackmail the drivers for money. "Reunited with his mother, Dennis' feels that this new life is a dream come true until one day… he starts feeling pain again." The cast includes Anna Slyu, Danil Steklov, Pavel Chinarev, and Vilma Kutavičiútë. This is premiering at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival this week, it's one of my top priorities to catch during the fest.
"The world is a wasteland…" An international trailer has arrived online for the highly acclaimed film An Elephant Sitting Still, a film by Chinese filmmaker Hu Bo. This is Bo's first & final film, as he tragically took his own life last year after finishing the film. It premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize and a Best First Feature "Special Mention", and it has played at numerous other festivals including New Directors/New Films in NYC, plus the Sydney and Edinburgh Film Festivals, and is heading to the Karlovy Vary Film Festival next. The film actually runs nearly 4 hours in total, and tells a story across one day, linking the stories of various characters in one town. The focus is on bullying and the way people affect each other. Starring Yuchang Peng, Yu Zhang, Uvin Wang, and Congxi Li. This brief trailer does have English subtitles, but it's all about the filmmaking that makes it a must see for cinephiles.
"With all the deserters, you never know who's in the uniform." Music Box Films has debuted an official US trailer for The Captain, a German film from last year about a deserter who discovers new powers when he is mistaken for a captain. After years making big Hollywood blockbusters (Flightplan, The Time Traveler's Wife, RED, R.I.P.D., Insurgent), filmmaker Robert Schwentke returned to Germany to make this film. It's a play on the Stanford Prison Experiment, where someone with power suddenly takes this power further than thought possible. Set in WWII, the film is about a German army deserter, played by Max Hubacher, who changes his ways when he suddenly has more power. The cast includes Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher, Waldemar Kobus, Alexander Fehling, Samuel Finzi, and Wolfram Koch. This looks really, really good - I'm surprised we haven't heard more about this film until now. Take a look below.
"I'm like anybody else. It's just my life that was a little bit different." Grasshopper Films has released the official US trailer for an acclaimed Brazilian indie film titled Araby, originally titled Arábia in Portuguese. The film played at numerous big film festivals last year, and is a James Joyce-inspired Brazilian road movie. The film follows Andre, a young boy living in an industrial neighborhood in Ouro Preto, Brazil, near an old aluminum factory. One day he finds a notebook from one of the factory workers, which sets him off on a journey unlike any he has been on before. The film stars Murilo Caliari, Aristides de Sousa, Gláucia Vandeveld, Renata Cabral, and Renan Rovida. This looks like a very contemplative, engaging film that might offer up some unique and important wisdom about life. I quite like the music they use in this trailer.
Get your first look! An international teaser trailer has debuted for Shadow, the latest film from acclaimed Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, The Flowers of War, Coming Home, The Great Wall). The film is a re-imagining of the classic Three Kingdoms story from Chinese history, and is yet another martial arts epic. The story is about a king and the people's struggle for their rightful land, as told through the perspectives of the king, his sister, his commander, the entrapped women of the palace, and a commoner. It's filmed in a unique "Chinese watercolor" style and is both Zhang Yimou's return to his roots as a filmmaker and a bold new beginning. The cast includes Ryan Zheng, Chao Deng, Qianyuan Wang, Jun Hu, Xiaotong Guan, Lei Wu, Li Sun, Jingchun Wang. This is only a teaser, but I'm already interested. The footage in here looks cool - can't wait to see more soon.
"His story changes every time I see him." Film Movement has released another new official US trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's film The Third Murder, which premiered last year at the festivals in the fall. The acclaimed Japanese filmmaker went on to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year with his latest, titled Shoplifters. This court room thriller is being released in the US before that one, since that one just premiered and will still play at festivals the rest of this year. Kore-eda's The Third Murder is about a court case involving a murder-robbery suspect named Misumi, played by Kôji Yakusho, who has confessed to the crimes. However, his defense attorney, played by Masaharu Fukuyama, has other ideas about this case, which could mean the difference between life and death for Misumi. The cast also includes Hirose Suzu. This looks like a very intriguing mystery with big twists and turns. I want to know the truth! Do you?