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Official Trailer for Belgian Drama 'Souvenir' Starring Isabelle Huppert

Souvenir Trailer

"You need a lot of love. From your audience, too." Studiocanal has debuted the first UK trailer for a Belgian drama titled Souvenir, starring French actress Isabelle Huppert as a former singer now working at a factory in a small town. The film played at a few major festivals last fall, including Toronto and London, and is opening in US theaters later this year. Huppert plays Liliane Cheverny, who was once "Laura", a singer who finished second in the 1974 European Song Contest. Her singing dreams are reignited when she meets a young boxer who convinces her she should make a comeback. Also starring Kévin Azaïs, Johan Leysen, Muriel Bersy, and Benjamin Boutboul. This looks like a provocative, passionate film about lost dreams.

 Posted June 20 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official US Trailer for Tavernier's 'My Journey Through French Cinema'

My Journey Through French Cinema Trailer

"Only one thing matters. Taking a step forward, even if it's a tiny one." Cohen Media Group has released an official US trailer for Bertrand Tavernier's cinematic look back titled My Journey Through French Cinema (or Voyage à travers le cinéma français). The documentary is an examination of Tavernier's love of and experience with French cinema, from the films he enjoyed as a boy to his own early career, told through portraits of key creative figures. This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year in the Cannes Classics section, and looks like a lovely and exhilarating look at so much thrilling cinema from France over the years. Described as a "magnificent, epic documentary… a lifetime in the making," Tavernier looks back at films from Renoir, Godard, and Melville, along with fascinating discussing about cinema past & present.

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

New Trailer for Political Thriller 'The Confessions' with Connie Nielsen

The Confessions Trailer

"You're the only one who can disrupt their plans." October Coast has debuted a new trailer for an Italian political thriller titled The Confessions, from Italian director Roberto Andò. Described as a "refreshing suspense thriller", the story is set during a G8 meeting being held at a luxury hotel on the German coast. One of the guests is a mysterious Italian monk, invited by Daniel Rochè, the director of the International Monetary Fund. He wants the monk to receive his confession, that night, in secret. The next morning, Rochè is found dead, and off we go. Toni Servillo stars along with Connie Nielsen, Daniel Auteuil, Lambert Wilson, Pierfrancesco Favino, Moritz Bleibtreu, Johan Heldenbergh, Richard Sammel, Togo Igawa, and Marie-Josée Croze. This film looks like a heavy political thriller, might be worth watching.

 Posted June 5 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

A Vibrant Year - My Favorite Films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival

2017 Cannes Film Festival

What are the best films out of this year's Cannes Film Festival? Which ones should you be taking an interest in? What films should be a priority for you to see? After 12 days at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, after 30 screenings, it's time to present my 2017 list of my Top 5 Favorite Films. This was my 8th time back to this festival, and I love being there in the middle of all, committing fully to seeing as many films as I can. These five below are the ones that I adore, that connected with me emotionally or intellectually, and I hope everyone plans to check them out when they arrive in their neighborhood. They are worth the wait. There were many great films this year, and this is my final recap of the fest (with my list of all the films at the end).

 Posted May 30 in Cannes 17, Editorial, Foreign Film, Indies | Comments

International Teaser Trailer for Fatih Akin's 'In the Fade' Playing Cannes

In the Fade Trailer

Get a glimpse at one of the films playing at Cannes. A French teaser trailer has debuted for the German film titled In the Fade, directed by German-Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin. This just premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, to mostly positive reviews from critics. Prominent German actress Diane Kruger stars in what is apparently her very first German role playing a woman named Katja, who goes for revenge after a bombing that kills her husband and son. The cast includes Numan Acar, Ulrich Tukur, Johannes Krisch, Siir Eloglu, Denis Moschitto, Jessica McIntyre, and Ulrich Brandhoff. I saw this film at Cannes and I think it's a great film, playing strong on emotions but also providing much to think about. I always appreciate films that can inspire good discussions, and this is definitely one that will.

 Posted May 27 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Full Trailer for Miike's Epic New Samurai Film 'Blade of the Immortal'

Blade of the Immortal Trailer

"We are here to remove you." Feast your eyes on this! HanWay Films has debuted a new official trailer for Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week. This is technically Miike's 100th film (!!) and it's another samurai, sword fighting epic. 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 girl. Starring Hana Sugisaki, Ebizô Ichikawa, Sôta Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda, Kazuki Kitamura, Min Tanaka, Takuya Kimura and Tsutomu Yamazaki. I actually just saw this film a few hours ago and it's badass, with some truly epic fights involving hundreds of samurais. It's violent, and bloody, and funny at times, with gorgeous sets and costumes. Take a look below.

 Posted May 18 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Teaser Trailer for Korean Action Film 'The Merciless' Playing at Cannes

The Merciless Trailer

"The moral of this story is don't trust people. Trust the circumstances." A slick teaser trailer has launched recently for a new Korean action thriller film playing at the Cannes Film Festival this month. Titled The Merciless, the film tells the story of two people who try to work their way up to the top of a major crime organization in Korea. They initially partner while in prison, but discover there's more going on with each of them once they get out. Starring Seol Gyeong-gu and Yim Si-wan. This is playing the midnight category at Cannes, which is where a few good Korean films first show up before making their way to America. Enjoy.

 Posted May 17 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First US Teaser Trailer for Hazanavicius' Godard Feature 'Redoubtable'

Redoubtable Trailer

"Who cares about Cannes?" Oh this is fun. Indiewire recently debuted the first US teaser trailer for the film Redoubtable, the latest feature from prominent French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist, The Search). The film tells the story of the 1960s love affair between iconic filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and 17-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky. It takes place during the making of and release of Godard's film La Chinoise, from 1967 to 1968. Featuring Louis Garrel as Godard and Stacy Martin (from Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac) as Wiazemsky. Also featuring Bérénice Bejo and Grégory Gadebois. This is a hilarious trailer mocking Cannes, because Redoubtable is playing at the Cannes Film Festival this year. It gave me a good laugh. We posted another teaser a month ago. Stay tuned for more news after it premieres this month.

 Posted May 4 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Mathieu Amalric & Marion Cotillard in First 'Ismael's Ghosts' Trailer

Ismael's Ghosts Trailer

"C'est moi!" Another teaser for the Cannes Film Festival! Kicking off the 70th edition of the festival this May is this film, Ismael's Ghost (or Les fantômes d'Ismaël), from French director Arnaud Desplechin (of My Golden Days). The film stars Mathieu Amalric as a filmmaker named Ismael, who is just about to begin shooting his next feature. However, his long lost former lover suddenly shows up out of nowhere, freaking him out, sending him into a metnal "tailspin". Marion Cotillard plays his former lover, and Charlotte Gainsbourg plays his current lover, who also freaks out. The rest of the cast includes Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher, Hippolyte Girardot, & Samir Guesmi. This looks really good, I'm very curious about it.

 Posted April 20 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

First Trailer for Michel Franco's 'April's Daughter' Playing at Cannes

April's Daughter Trailer

An official trailer has arrived for a film that was just announced this week to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month. April's Daughter is the latest film from Mexican filmmaker Michel Franco, of the critically acclaimed films Chronic and After Lucia previously. It tells the story of a 17-year-old woman who ends up pregnant, and decides to call her mom despite not being in contact with her much. Her mom shows up to help care for her and her sister (who also has a baby), but we soon learn why Valeria had wanted her to stay away. It's a story about the complex relationship between parents and their children. Starring Valeria Becerril, Emma Suárez, Hernán Mendoza, Iván Cortés, Joanna Larequi, and Enrique Arrizon. This trailer does have English subtitles, so it's worth a watch. It looks quite good, very moody and somber.

 Posted April 14 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Official 2017 Cannes Film Festival Selection - Haneke, Haynes, Coppola

Cannes 2017

Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 70th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've revealed a fascinating selection of films premiering. The selection includes new features from Todd Haynes, Michael Haneke, Sofia Coppola, two new films from Hong Sangsoo, François Ozon, Lynne Ramsay, Noah Baumbach, Bong Joon-ho, Takashi Miike, and Yorgos Lanthimos. I'm most excited to see Okja, the new creature feature from Bong Joon-ho, as well as John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls At Parties. And of course it's all about discovering and experiencing whatever Thierry Frémaux has decided to play. Full list found below.

 Posted April 13 in Cannes 17, Foreign Film, Movie News | Comments

Official US Trailer for Drama 'Heal the Living' Featuring Tahar Rahim

Heal the Living Trailer

"We can try to figure out what Simon would have wanted." Cohen Media Group has debuted an official US trailer for the French indie drama Heal the Living, based on the book of the same name (Réparer les vivants) by Maylis De Kerangal. The film stars Tahar Rahim (from A Prophet and The Past) as Thomas Rémige, a doctor who is tasked with caring for a young teenage surfer boy who is in a coma after a car crash. The story follows the lives of three different people, and how they connect after a horrific accident. The cast includes Emmanuelle Seigner, Anne Dorval, Bouli Lanners, Kool Shen, Monia Chokri, and Alice Taglioni. The film already played at film festivals last fall, and opens this month. This has some stunning cinematography, and it looks like a tender, emotional film about grief. This trailer totally got my attention.

 Posted April 11 in Foreign Film, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

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