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"You have to dare to be rich." Netflix has debuted a trailer for a French film titled Divines, which won the Golden Camera (or Camera d'Or) at the Cannes Film Festival - the top prize for a first-time filmmaker. Uda Benyamina directs this coming-of-age film about a teen from the slum streets of Paris who meets a dancer that changes her life. Oulaya Amamra stars as Dounia, the girl at the center of the story, with Déborah Lukumuena, Kevin Mischel, Jisca Kalvanda, Yasin Houicha, Majdouline Idrissi & Bass Dhem. I always admire French coming-of-age films because they have contain a unique perspective on growing up that's different than what I'm used to, and there's always something to pick up. This looks like a great film.
"You have eyes that connect be trusted." "You don't accept my sincerity." CJ Entertainment has debuted a trailer for a Korean action noir thriller titled Asura: The City of Madness, which is opening in theaters this month in the US after premiering at TIFF. The film is about a shady cop who finds himself in over his head when he gets caught between Internal Affairs and the city's corrupt mayor. Starring Jung Woo-sung (The Good, the Bad, the Weird), Hwang Jung-min (Ode to My Father), Ju Ji-hoon, Kwak Do-won and Jung Man-sik. The action ramps up in the second half of this trailer, and it looks damn good. Between this film and The Age of Shadows, there's a number of impressive Korean films hitting theaters this month and that look like they're worth watching. This film in particular seems brutal and twisted, and I want to see it.
"She's with me now, so move on." This one is for all the short guys out there. This film already hit theaters in France and the UK earlier in the summer, but I just came across this trailer now and it's quirky and – yes – quite charming. The film is titled (in English) Up for Love, which is a fun title because it's about a beautiful women who meets a guy she likes but it turns out he's only 4'6" tall. She has to fight against the "prejudices of society and her own fears" in this very French romantic comedy. Jean Dujardin stars as the lil' guy, named Alexandre, and Virginie Efira stars as Diane. The cast includes Cédric Kahn, Stéphanie Papanian, César Domboy and Edmonde Franchi. This is definitely a bit cheesy, I will admit, but it still looks fun. In real life, Jean Dujardin is 6' tall, so there must be some digital trickery going on. Take a look.
"We must isolate and destroy them." Rialto Pictures has debuted a new trailer for the 50th anniversary 4K restored re-release of the 1966 classic war film The Battle of Algiers, directed by Gillo Pontecorvo. The film presents an accurate historical recreation of the three-year Battle of Algiers, chronicling the escalating terrorism and violence between French military forces and the Algerian independence movement, based on the memoirs of Saadi Yacef, a leader of the National Liberation Front. The film won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1966, and ended up with three Academy Award nominations (for Best Foreign Film, Best Writing, Best Director) after its US release. The cast includes Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Hadjadj and Samia Kerbash. Also playing at the NYFF before hitting theaters. See the new trailer below.
"You lack confidence. In yourself, in others, in life." Strand Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for André Téchiné's Being 17, a drama that first premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. The film is about a boy named Thomas, played by newcomer Corentin Fila, who lives up in the mountains in a small town in France. He is always getting into fights with another kid at his school, named Damien played by Kacey Mottet Klein, but it turns out there's actually a sexual tension between them that is causing all the problems. The cast includes Sandrine Kiberlain as the mother of Damien, who invites Thomas to stay at their home. I saw this film in Berlin and was very impressed, even though it's going to be a hard sell for most, it's worth your time to discover. André Téchiné is an experienced director who knows what he's doing.
"How long have you been here?" Alfama Films has debuted an official trailer for the French drama Never Ever, adapted from Don DeLillo's novel The Body Artist, directed by French filmmaker Benoît Jacquot. The film is playing at the Toronto Film Festival now and just premiered at the Venice Film Festival before this. Mathieu Amalric stars as a "self-centered" filmmaker who falls for a beautiful body artist performing at the same gallery where his own film is screening. He runs off with her to his mansion and starts a passionate love affair, but of course their romance doesn't last. Also starring the lovely Julia Roy as Laura, Jeanne Balibar, Victória Guerra and Elmano Sancho. This seems like yet another French romantic film with passion and desire and beauty driving the story, though I'm curious if there is some weird, freaky twist in it.
"The only way to keep our grip is to return to where we belong." Cohen Media recently released this French film in US theaters (starting in NYC), titled Come What May, from director Christian Carion. Set in 1940 at the beginning of World War II, the film is about various people from small village in northern France who had to escape when the Germans invaded. It focuses primarily on two of them: Hans, seeking to recover his son who fled the village, and Percy, hoping to reach the sea, and find a boat back to England. Surprisingly, the film features an original score by Ennio Morricone, one of the few original scores he's written recently besides The Hateful Eight. The full cast includes Alice Isaaz, August Diehl, Mathilde Seigner, Olivier Gourmet and Matthew Rhys. This looks like it's a damn good WWII drama, I might have to check it out.
"The Legend Returns…" Funimation has unveiled another new official US trailer for the upcoming release of Shin Godzilla, originally known as Godzilla: Resurgence in Japan (or also Shin Gojira), Toho's new rebooted take on the giant lizard monster. "Make way for the ultimate homage to one of the most enduring legends of the big screen—Godzilla! The King of the Monsters is back in Tokyo for a city-crushing crusade that speaks to the very roots of the world-renowned franchise." We've already featured other international trailers for this, but you can watch another one with even more footage below. There's surprisingly almost no shots of the Godzilla monster in this, instead it's all people in rooms and running around and freaking out, which is a bit odd. If you're still excited for this, you can get tickets now for its October opening. Enjoy.
"Didn't you expect something like this?" CJ Entertainment has debuted an official US teaser trailer for Kim Ji-woon's new Korean film The Age of Shadows, which we've mentioned once before when the teaser trailer arrived. The trailer is similar, but more importantly we now know that CJ will release The Age of Shadows in US theaters starting September 23rd - later this month. Which is a very smart move because it means we don't have to wait long to see this. The Age of Shadows is a crime thriller set during the 1920s in Korea, telling a story about the Heroic Corps, an anti-Japanese independence organization that fought back against the Japanese occupation of Korea. The cast features Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, and Han Ji-min. This looks damn good. I love the cinematography, and it seems like a gripping thriller. Check it out.
"What got into you?" Cohen Media has debuted the official US trailer for Asghar Farhadi's latest film, a drama called The Salesman, which first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival a few months ago. The title is in reference to many aspects of the plot, but also specifically Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" which is being performed on stage in the film. That performance is the framework of the film, which actually tells the story of a couple whose relationship begins to turn sour after an incident with his wife home alone. Shahab Hosseini and Taraneh Alidoosti star. I saw this in Cannes and enjoyed it, saying in my review it's "a thoroughly engaging morality tale that proves once again just how talented of a storyteller Farhadi is."
"Aren't we censoring ourselves? So what's the point of our music?" Kino Lorber has released a trailer for the upcoming US release of the Tunisian film As I Open My Eyes, about a young girl torn between two lives: her connection to her family and her devotion to her rock band. Newcomer Baya Medhaffer plays the 18-year-old Tunisian woman named Farah, a singer in a politically charged rock band balancing her life as a musician and traditional expectations of her family. Described as a "nuanced portrait of the individual implications of the incipient Arab Spring". This looks like a fascinating and impressive film from Tunisia, worth checking out for many different reasons, including the debut performance of Baya Medhaffer. Enjoy.
"How dare you distribute such sensitive information to the common people!" CJ Entertainment debuted the official trailer for the Korean film The Map Against the World, about a geographer and cartographer who traveled around Korea in the 1800s making a detailed map. The film is directed by veteran Korean filmmaker Kang Woo-Suk, and stars Cha Seung-won as the lead character, along with Yu Jun-Sang and Nam Ji-hyun. The idea is based on the true story of Kim Jeong-ho, who went under the pen name Gosanja, devoting his life to the creation of the "Daedongyeojido" map of Korea first published in 1861. This looks like it has lovely cinematography about a humble man who wanted to share the world with the people.