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Another first look at another highly anticipated Cannes film this year. A full official trailer for the new film from beloved Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, titled Shoplifters, has debuted online. The film is premiering in-competition at the Cannes Film Festival next month, and looks like it will get some big buzz at the festival. Shoplifters is about a family of small-time crooks, but the story is really about what happens when they take in a young girl they find living on the street one day. The film's cast includes Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kirin Kiki , Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi, and Akira Emoto. This looks really wonderful, it has such a charming, heartwarming feel to it. The trailer has been updated with English subtitles - you can watch below. Definitely worth a quick look.
"Ask yourself, where does your loyalty lie?" Another appealing new trailer for a film that is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, in the Directors' Fortnight sidebar. Birds of Passage is the latest film made by Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra (Embrace of the Serpent, The Wind Journeys, Wandering Shadows), co-directed with Cristina Gallego. The film's cast is a mixture of professional and non-professional actors, including Natalia Reyes, Carmiña Martínez, José Acosta, and José Vicente Cotes. The film is shot in the La Guajira desert in northern Columbia and tells the story of an indigenous Wayúu family throughout the smuggling and cannabis boom of the 70s. Guerra says, "it was a major production, we had thousands of extras, a large crew. It's an epic story. We have never attempted something so complex before. It demanded a lot from everyone." This trailer is an incredible introduction, with some seriously impressive footage here.
Get your first look at one of the films premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. The World Is Yours, or Le monde ou rien in French, is the next film from French director Romain Gavras (Our Day Will Come) and it was just announced as one of the films in the official selection for the Directors' Fortnight sidebar at Cannes. The World Is Yours is a crime comedy/thriller about a former drug dealer who has to get back in the business one more time to get his plans back on track. The cast includes Karim Leklou, Vincent Cassel, Isabelle Adjani, François Damiens, Oulaya Amamra, Philippe Katerine, Michael John Treanor, and Norbert Ferrer. Featuring a score by Jamie XX and SebastiAn. This teaser trailer doesn't reveal too much but the footage we do see in this is quite wild. I'm curious to find out what this is all about.
Meet the Dogman. The Cannes Film Festival just announced their official line-up today, and included in the competition selection is the latest film from acclaimed Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone (of the films Roman Summer, Gomorrah, Tale of Tales). It's titled Dogman, and this "urban western" tells the story of a homicide committed by a coked-out dog groomer during the late 1980s. The story goes that this guy was just a gentle dog groomer before he got pushed into a much more violent world. The cast includes Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Adamo Dionisi, Francesco Acquaroli, Gianluca Gobbi, Nunzia Schiano, and Alida Baldari Calabria. This is a fantastic teaser trailer, with some promising footage, I'm definitely intrigued. But I'm most worried for the dogs in this trailer! I hope nothing bad happens to them, so many, they all look nice. Poor dogs. Anyway, this should be a hot contender at Cannes this year. Get your first look.
Every year, cinephiles wake up early to watch the announcement from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 71st Cannes Film Festival taking place this May, they've thrown a bit of a curveball with an entirely unexpected selection of films playing this year. The selection includes new films from Jafar Panahi (Three Faces), Pawel Pawlikowski (Cold War), Alice Rohrwacher (Lazzaro Felice), Matteo Garrone (Dogman), Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), David Robert Mitchell (Under the Silver Lake), along with Jean-Luc Godard, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jia Zhang-Ke, plus Wim Wenders' Pope documentary. And then there's the Star Wars movie, of course, which kind of makes this a very mixed bag. But there's no Suspiria, or Terry Gilliam, or Lars von Trier? And all the Netflix films are gone. It's a shame, this seems like a very light selection so far. Possibly with a few extra additions coming last minute. See the full list below.
"I was asked to keep him quiet." Well Go USA has released a new official trailer for the Hong Kong action thriller film Paradox, made my Ip Man trilogy director Wilson Yip. Surprisingly, this is going straight to VOD and BR/DVD this May, not even getting a theatrical release in the US. The story is about a Hong Kong police negotiator, played by Louis Koo, who learns that his 16 year old daughter has disappeared Thailand. He travels to Thailand and teams up with Chinese officer Tsui Kit, played by Yue Wu, and his partner, Tak played by Tony Jaa, as they face off against American gangster Sacha, played by Chris Collins, who is operating a black market organ smuggling ring. The cast includes Ka Tung Lam, Jacky Cai, Ken Low, Hanna Chan, and Vithaya Pansringarm. This film looks very fun, with some tricky plot twists I'm sure.
"Something happened last night." It was announced today that the eighth feature film by Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, titled Everybody Knows, will be the opening night competition selection at the Cannes Film Festival this May. Following that announcement, this first trailer arrived for the film originally titled Todos lo saben in Spanish. Shot entirely in Spanish on the Iberian Peninsula, Everybody Knows is about a Spanish woman who returns to her hometown outside Madrid with her Argentinian husband and children. However, the trip is upset by unexpected events that bring secrets into the open. Real-life lovers Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem star, with a cast that includes Ricardo Darin, Carla Campra, Inma Cuesta, and Barbara Lennie. As expected from Farhadi, this looks very good. Will be catching it in Cannes. Enjoy.
"Who's this boy who waits for you everyday?" Grasshopper Films has released an official US trailer for a rebellious drama titled Ava, from Iran, the feature debut of filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi. Deemed "exquisite" and "spellbinding," the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year, and stopped by the Göteborg Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, and New Directors/New Films earlier this year. Ava tells the story of Ava, played by Mahour Jabbari, a high school girl in Iran. Her life becomes more complicated after her mother catches her in an act of rebellion. The cast includes Bahar Noohian, Vahid Aghapoor, Parnian Akhtari, Sarah Alimoradi, Mona Ghiasi, and Houman Hoursan. Rebel, young Ava! This looks great. Impressive cinematography, to go with an inspiring story of fierce independence in the face of oppression.
"I'm here to protect you…" Menemsha Films has debuted a new US trailer for an Israeli psychological drama titled Shelter, from veteran Iranian filmmaker Eran Riklis (The Syrian Bride, Lemon Tree). Golshifteh Farahani (from Paterson) and Neta Riskin star in this "high-stakes game of deception", about a Mossad agent sent to protect their informant in Hamburg. "The intimacy of the relationship that develops between Mona and Naomi is exposed to the threat of terror that is engulfing the world today… Beliefs are questioned and choices are made that are not their own. And yet their fate takes a surprising turn in this suspense-laden, elegant neo-noir." The cast includes Lior Ashkenazi (from Foxtrot), Yehuda Almagor, Doraid Liddawi, and Haluk Bilginer. The bandages on the face are cool, a bit like Phoenix or The Skin I Live In.
"I don't feel I have to be everyone." Cohen Media Group has released the full, official US trailer for Michel Hazanavicius' somewhat controversial film Godard Mon Amour, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year with the title Le Redoutable. The film focuses on famous French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard, and his time in the 60s when he made La Chinoise with young Polish actress Anne Wiazemsky. He fell madly in love with her, the two eventually married, but the events of May 1968 shook Godard and things started to get a bit unstable. Louis Garrel plays Godard, and Stacy Martin plays Wiazemsky, with a cast including Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot, Grégory Gadebois, and Félix Kysyl. This film is more of an homage to Godard, than a profile of the director, but it's honest and accurate. And it's a surprisingly good film, that examines the challenges of an intellectual filmmaker in an ever-changing society. See below.
"We know the risks. But it keeps us alive." Super LTD has debuted a new US trailer for Belgian romantic crime drama Racer and the Jailbird, from Belgian director Michaël R. Roskam, of Bullhead and The Drop. This premiered at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals last year under the title Le Fidèle in French, which just means The Faithful. Racer and the Jailbird stars Matthias Schoenaerts (from Bullhead, Rust and Bone, Red Sparrow) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (from Blue is the Warmest Color), along with Eric De Staercke, Jean-Benoît Ugeux, Nabil Missoumi, Thomas Coumans, and Nathalie Van Tongelen. This is described as a "breathlessly stylish and sexy crime epic" that is "set against an electrifying backdrop of high-speed racing and high-stakes heists." It looks very good, and I like the way they handle the subtitles.
"Hope, Believe." One Cool Pictures has unveiled the first official trailer for a crazy cool new epic sci-fi movie from Hong Kong, tilted Warriors of Future, an ambitious directorial debut of VFX veteran Yuen Fai Ng. Set in the near future, the plot involves an alien vine that takes over the city after crashing down to earth. An experienced military team tries to go in and take it down, using heavily armored aircraft and big mech-type suits and robots. This is clearly just a firs teaser, since the movie isn't supposed to be out until 2019 because it has so much VFX in it, but damn it's slick. Warriors of Future stars Louis Koo and Ching Wan Lau. I really want to see more of this, but the first tease looks awesome, I have to say. It looks hugely epic, and the trailer is quite emotional with a killer score. I'm so looking forward to seeing this. Check it out.