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"If you leave enough behind, then death isn't the end." Soda Pictures has debuted an official UK trailer for The Library Suicides, a film from Wales made entirely in the Welsh language. It's adapted from Fflur Dafydd’s bestselling novel titled Y Llyfrgell, the original Welsh title, and it's about two identical twin sisters who investigate the suicide (or potential murder) of their mother, who was a librarian at the National Library of Wales. Actress Catrin Stewart (best known from "Doctor Who" and "Stella") plays dual roles as both daughters, and the cast also includes Dyfan Dwyfor, Ryland Teifi, Carwyn Glyn and Sharon Morgan. The way this trailer plays out, I would say it looks more fun than it does "thrilling". Take a look.
"We're professionals, but not everything is within our control." Well Go USA has debuted a short trailer for the pending US release of the new Johnnie To film titled Three. His new film is another action-thriller set almost entirely inside of a hospital where the lives of three people intersect. When a police sting goes bad, a master criminal makes a desperate choice: he forces the cops to shoot him. Once in the hospital, he refuses treatment, instead waiting for his cohorts to break him out. The tension builds between the cop and a surgeon assigned to save his life. The cast features Louis Koo, Wallace Chung, Vicki Zhao and others. This US trailer doesn't have any of the dialogue, but I like the music. I just wonder if it's actually any good.
"You taught me to be passionate. Above everything, to be literarily passionate." Hello there. Grasshopper Film has released an official US trailer for Spanish director José Luis Guerín's newest feature film The Academy of Muses. Described as "part relationship drama, part intellectual discourse, the film centers on a philology professor — played by actual philology professor Raffaele Pinto" as he teaches a course on muses in art and literature, while romancing the women around him in his class and his life. This seems like a very thoughtful but very fascinating look at romance and relationships, and could be categorized as more experimental/artistic cinema than anything. Not for everyone, but it looks like this film has plenty to say.
"I have to go on. I need to know what happened." IFC has released a trailer for a trilogy of crime mystery films from Scandinavia adapted from the Department Q series of books. While there are three separate films in the series, IFC's new trailer is for the entire "Department Q Series" or "Department Q: Trilogy". They tell unique stories of two police inspectors digging into different cold cases. The films were released individually in Europe starting in 2013 and are titled The Keeper of Lost Causes, The Absent One and A Conspiracy of Faith. The first two were directed by Mikkel Nørgaard, and the last one in the trilogy was just released this year, directed by Hans Petter Moland. If you're a fan of crime thrillers or want some more Scandinavian mystery similar to The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo, don't miss out on these. Take a look.
"Do you believe in destiny? An official trailer has premiered for Pierre Godeau's Down By Love, a French film starring actress Adele Exarchopoulos made famous by starring in Blue is the Warmest Color (she won the Most Promising Actress Cesar Award in 2014). Exarchopoulos plays a inmate at a prison, and the story profiles her and the prison warden falling in love. It's obviously a trick topic and apparently it's based on a true story, which makes this even more interesting to see turned into a movie. Guillaume Gallienne stars with Stéphanie Cléau. This trailer has English subtitles to help understand the story. Take a look.
"You better brace yourself." Well Go USA has released a final trailer and a new poster for the release of Hong-jin Na's The Wailing, a Korean horror thriller from the same guy who made The Chaser (a fantastic film) and The Yellow Sea previously. This new film is apparently over six years in the making and broke box office records in Korea. It's about an aloof police investigator who investigates a weird murder in a small village and uncovers a creepy ghost story. There's more to it than that, but you have to see it to find out. The cast includes Hwang Jung-Min, Chun Woo-Hee, Kwak Do-Woni, and Jun Kunimura. I recently had the chance to see this and it's pretty damn good, the cinematography in particular is stunning. Have a look.
Cannes once again makes a political statement - as they did with Dheepan last year and Winter Sleep (from Turkey) the year before. Winners of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Cannes featuring Donald Sutherland and George Miller. The big winner is Ken Loach for his film I, Daniel Blake, about an aging man in the UK who struggles to get welfare because of a very broken system. This is the second Palme d'Or for Ken Loach, who won for The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006; he has also received four other awards in Cannes previously. A few of my other favorites, including The Red Turtle and Captain Fantastic, also won awards this year. See below.
"They say that Neruda is the most important communist in the world." The first trailer has debuted for the latest film from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín titled Neruda, which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in just a few days. I've been raving about Pablo Larraín ever since catching his film No at Cannes in 2012, as well as his outstanding film The Club at Berlinale in 2015 just last year. For Neruda, he reteams with No star Gael García Bernal to tell the story of Senator Pablo Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco), who was impeached at the beginning of the Cold War, utilizing his position to become "both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend". This looks fantastic - the shots are unique, it feels poetic, and looks inspiring already.
"You've died so many times. You will never die again." Well, this looks crazy cool. Sony Pictures Russia has debuted a trailer for a big-budget Russian adventure movie called The Duelist, directed by indie filmmaker Alexey Mizgirev. A few moviegoers might've seen the WWII action movie Stalingrad a few years back, as it was released in IMAX by Sony. This is Sony's latest Russian feature that they're be releasing to US audiences in IMAX even though no date has been set yet. The Duelist is about a vengeful duelist who never loses. The cast includes Pyotr Fyodorov (Stalingrad), Vladimir Mashkov (Ghost Protocol), Yuri Kolokolnikov (Game of Thrones), and Martin Wuttke (Inglorious Basterds). This seems dark and epic and very violent.
Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 69th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've revealed a fantastic selection of films premiering. For 2016 they've programmed quite a few prominent returning filmmakers along with some exciting newcomers. Steven Spielberg's new adaptation The BFG will premiere Out-of-Competition, along with Shane Black's The Nice Guys and Jodie Foster's Money Monster. In the competition, they're showing new films from Andrea Arnold, the Dardennes Brothers, Xavier Dolan, Jim Jarmusch, Jeff Nichols, Park Chan-wook, Paul Verhoeven, and Nicolas Winding Refn. Full list found below.
What the heck is this? The full official trailer for Stephen Chow's wacky new film has arrived online. After bringing us Kung Fu Hustle and CJ7, Stephen Chow's latest work is about a genetically engineered mermaid program run by a madman, called The Mermaid. While there are no English subtitles on this, the footage more than speaks for itself and it's not that appealing, I have to admit. It seems to be some kind of mix of Human Centipede (or Tusk) and Pirates of the Caribbean, but set in the real world. I don't really know. The cast includes Kris Wu, Chao Deng, Show Luo & Ke Bai. Give this trailer a look below if you're curious.
"Cinema as the stuff dreams are made of…" Strand Releasing has unveiled an official US trailer for Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul's latest film Cemetery of Splendor, which has been playing at film festivals since last year. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, played at TIFF and the New York, Busan, Vancouver and Denver Film Festivals, and is now playing at the Sundance Film Festival this year, arriving in theaters in March. This dream-like, mesmerizing Thai film is about a lonely housewife (Jenjira Pongpas) who tends to a soldier with sleeping sickness that "falls into a hallucination that triggers strange dreams, phantoms, and romance." Those who are fans of "Thai Joe" and his films - this is his latest must-see feature.
"It's his duty to save his men." Magnolia Pictures has debuted the official US trailer for their release of the film A War, written & directed by Tobias Lindholm. The film was one of the five nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in this year's Oscars. The story involves a Danish man who goes off to fight in "a war" in the Middle East, and returns home after being charged with bombing and killing civilians. The cast includes Pilou Asbæk, Tuva Novotny, Dar Salim and Søren Malling. It seems that this film examines a very complex situation, where a soldier had to make a very tough decision under fire and the consequences may follow him all the way home. From this trailer you should get an idea for why this earned the nominated.
"You're quite the traveler." Magnolia Pictures has unveiled their official trailer for Arnaud Desplechin's new film My Golden Days, which first premiered at last year's Cannes Film Festival (Desplechin has been to Cannes before with A Christmas Tale and Jimmy P). The film is about an aging anthropologist reflecting on his life, mainly focusing on his childhood and a formative trip to Russia, but most of all his love for a woman named Esther, played by Lou Roy-Lecollinet. The full cast features Quentin Dolmaire and Mathieu Amalric playing Paul Dédalus at different ages. This does indeed look like an "evocative portrait of youth" and an emotional story about the unforgettable people we meet in life. Looking forward to seeing it myself.