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"Punk's dead. Didn't you know that?" "It's not dead." No it's not! Memfis Film has debuted an official UK trailer for the Swedish drama We Are the Best!, or Vi är bäst!, about three 13-year-old girls who form a punk band in Stockholm, 1982. Those three kick ass girls are played by Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne, as Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. At first this just seems like a badass lil punk rock Swedish flick, but there's a moment where this trailer suddenly turns rather beautiful, you'll know when it hits. From there on out I was completely sold, it looks like an exceptional film, and now I kind of have to see it sooner than later. This looks really, really good, I say gave it a shot. A film for everyone who used to be 13 years old.
Some developmental distribution news for the latest from Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang. A press release has been sent out announcing that Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, a new project starring Gong Li, currently in post-production. The release says that they will distribute the film, once again extending their relationship which links back through eleven collaborations previously between "the Sony Pictures Classics team and Zhang Yimou, dating back to the 1991 Orion Classics release of Raise the Red Lantern." Read on.
Wow. What a film. During the opening introduction at the Berlin Film Festival, Norwegian filmmaker Eskil Vogt explained that too many films always feel the same, they're always too predictable, and he wanted to make something different. Something that could even surprise him. And he has done exactly that. Blind, the first feature from writer/director Eskil Vogt, is deserving of the adjectives "brilliant" and "innovative" in the way it twists storytelling conventions and delivers the unexpected; something fresh, a film that stands alone. It's uniquely captivating and surprisingly thoughtful, with a wonderful performance leading the way.
"The darkness... is swallowing everything!" ABKCO has debuted the US trailer for Alejandro Jodorowsky's first new film in 23 years, titled The Dance of Reality, a sort of oddly whimsical biographical look back at his own upbringing in Chile. For those unfamiliar, Jodorowksy is a Chilean filmmaker behind El Topo and Holy Mountain and is the subject of the outstanding doc Jodorowsky's Dune. He is back with his first film in over 20 years and it's very, very weird (I saw it in Cannes last year) and yet endearing in only the ways Jodo can deliver. This trailer might not make much sense, but oddly I think that is the point. Give it a shot.
While plenty of audiences in the United States are obsessed with comic book adaptations like Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers from the Marvel universe (with DC Comics playing catch-up, beginning with Man of Steel), the people of Spain have another big comic book adaptation with adventure and excitement. Based on the beloved comic book characters Zip and Zap, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival will feature Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang, an adventure that has brought comparisons to The Goonies. The film follows a group of kids who uncover a mystery at the strict Hope Re-education Centre, and we have the first trailer!
After becoming Russia's official entry to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film, the World War II drama Stalingrad will get a one-week exclusive run in IMAX 3D screens here in the United States. That might not sounds like a big deal since foreign films get released here (albeit in much smaller release patterns) all the time, but Stalingrad is actually the first Russian film made completely in 3D, and it's also their first ever film release in the IMAX format. Columbia Pictures is giving the film just one week to hit IMAX screens starting on February 28th, so check your local listings to see if you're able to check it out.
"A quest to vanquish evil from this Earth will lead the world's greatest demon hunters to their ultimate challenge." Magnolia has debuted the official US trailer for Stephen Chow's latest movie Journey to the West, based on the classic Chinese story. This is the new film from the crazy mind behind Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle telling an old Chinese story but it still looks wacky. There's mythical beasts, mythical vehicles, flying weapons galore, a Monkey King, goofy CG-enhanced violence and an Earth-sized colorful Buddha doing who knows what. The story follows a Buddhist trying to protect a village from three demons. The cast includes Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, Bo Huang and Lo Show, but not Stephen Chow. Check this out!
Meet Kiki. So this technically isn't a remake, rather a re-adaptation of the children's novel that this story is originally from. However, most of us are familiar with Kiki's Delivery Service as one of the many great Studio Ghibli animated movies. This one was originally released in 1989, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and is a charming, cute film about a young witch and her cat. There's now a live-action version of Kiki's Delivery Service, starring Fuka Koshiba as Kiki (above) directed by The Grudge creator Takashi Shimizu, and the first Japanese trailer has just arrived. It's pretty much exactly what you're expecting - but still looks fun.
Witness the story of six brothers in arms. Damn. Russia has gone seriously epic with this movie, and I can't wait to see it. While this has been set for international release soon, we haven't posted a trailer for it before. Sony has unveiled a full trailer for Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, starring Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina and Philippe Reinhardt, telling the story of the 1942 WWII Battle of Stalingrad. "While the whole might of the German army descended upon them, the heroes of Stalingrad would experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die." They went all out and built a massive set, shooting this in 3D and IMAX at the same time. Take a look.
Don't let all the nominations for Amour at last year's Oscars fool you... foreign films always have an uphill battle to be noticed by the Academy anywhere besides in their own category of Best Foreign Language. Michael Haneke's flick defied the odds the last time around, but could it be the start of a trend? We'll find out this year with Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color, which also is a Palme d'Or winning foreign flick hoping to score Oscar attention. This year's big foreign player has some striking similarities with last year's, but also some notable differences that make it one of the season's real puzzling contenders.
"Will you be able to exchange the boys without any trouble?" This is a beautiful trailer for a beautiful film that I really hope many people see. An official UK trailer has debuted for Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son, the familial drama which won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year and is being remade by Steven Spielberg. The film tells the story of a Japanese family that is told their son is not actually their son, and the hospital gave them the wrong child (another family has their real son and they have theirs, so they meet in hopes of "exchanging"). It's a very emotionally complex, but very heartfelt and heart-wrenching story that will make you cry (read this review). Please give this wonderful trailer a watch, this film needs the support.
With the release of Cannes Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color coming up in October, IFC / Sundance Selects is firing up their marketing starting with the official US trailer for the NC-17 rated lesbian love story, and now a poster to along with it. Despite that rating and sex scenes controversy/discussion, it's one of the best films of the year and I highly recommend it because it's one of the best love stories put to celluloid this year. I'm a big fan of the original French poster and the fan-made painted poster for this film, however this art seems to focus more on the lesbian love angle than anything. But I do like the blue accents.
Time to get a look at this year's Palme d'Or winner. This trailer is worth featuring because it is for one of my favorite films I've seen this year, Palme winner Blue is the Warmest Color, however it's the official French trailer and doesn't come with subtitles (update: now it does!). I am sure we'll see the US trailer soon because the film is due out on October 25th, but in the meantime, this is worth a watch anyway because it is a good trailer. You'll hear Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" quite a bit, which actually comes from the film itself. French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos stars as Adèle, who meets her first love in the blue-haired Emma, played by Léa Seydoux. It does show a tiny bit of NSFW nudity but mostly tons of emotion. Love this film.
"So what if we're from the disaster area!" If you're a cinephile and have never heard of Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono, you should definitely start watching his films like Love Exposure, Cold Fish or Himizu. Or you can just start here, with The Land Of Hope, a more intimate rural drama and departure from his usual violent style, telling the story of a family of Japanese farmers living near a nuclear reactor damaged after an earthquake in the Nagashima prefecture. This is quite a beautiful trailer, one where it's worth putting on headphones and listening to all the details in addition to seeing the cinematography. From the breathing at the beginning to the emotional score at the end. Best of all, the entire film is out for free on Hulu right now.