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"The death triggers the devil within…" CJ Entertainment from Korea has released a new official US trailer for a Korean thriller titled Seven Years of Night, directed by Choo Chang-min, slated for release in early April in just a few weeks. The dark crime film tells the story of a man plotting a revenge, over a period of seven years, against the son of his daughter's murderer in a hit-and-run accident by a lake. The tagline from the poster is pretty slick - "there's something that never sinks" - which imagines up all kinds of intriguing possibilities, and fits with the emotional story. "The long nightfall of rage and revenge." The cast of Seven Years of Night includes Ryu Seung-ryong, Jang Dong-gun, Song Sae-byuk, Ko Gyoung-pyo, and Jeong Hee Moon. This reminds me a bit of Park Chan-wook's early films, like Oldboy and Mr. Vengeance, which give the characters copious amounts of time to exact just the right kind of cruel, necessary revenge.
"She's a hard worker. As good as any man." Music Box Films has released the official US trailer for the US release of Xavier Beauvois' new French film The Guardians, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. This indie drama is set during World War I, otherwise known as "The Great War" at the time, and it's about the few local women who are left behind to work on a family farm. Everything gets disrupted when the sons return on leave, and "Francine becomes the center of a familial disturbance." Oh boy. Romance always messing things up. The cast is lead by Nathalie Baye and Iris Bry, and also includes Laura Smet, Cyril Descours, Gilbert Bonneau, Olivier Rabourdin, Nicolas Giraud, Mathilde Viseux-Ely, and Xavier Maly. This looks like a very moving, meaningful film about the power of "love, loss, and resilience."
"He who did justice without drawing his sword." Strand Releasing has debuted an official US trailer for the film Zama, adapted from Antonio Di Benedetto's acclaimed novel, about a Spanish officer stationed in Paraguay separated from his wife and children. Daniel Giménez Cacho plays Don Diego de Zama, a real-life person who struggled with his mental and emotional state as isolation, bureaucratic setbacks, and self-destructive choices begin to compound themselves in his life. The cast includes Lola Dueñas, Matheus Nachtergaele, Juan Minujín, Nahuel Cano, Mariana Nunes, and Daniel Veronese. This received rave reviews from some critics at the festivals where it played last year, though it seems like an acquired taste. Some may be fully into it, others may be bored by it, but it certainly is stunning to look at. See below.
"Why does a writer waste time with us?" A new trailer has debuted for the French film The Workshop, also L'atelier in French, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to very positive reviews. Made by the director of The Class, the film went on to play at numerous film festivals throughout 2017, and is just getting released in select theaters later this month. The Workshop is about a writing workshop class in the summer in a small town near Marseilles, which is being taught by a famous novelist from Paris, played by Marina Foïs. The students all have something unique to offer, and are all there for various reasons, but one of them seems to stand out. Also starring Matthieu Lucci, Florian Beaujean, Mamadou Doumbia, Mélissa Guilbert, Warda Rammach, Julien Souve, and Issam Talbi. This is a powerful, fascinating film about the importance of storytelling and getting deeper into the aspects of humanity that represent each of us. I saw this in Cannes and highly recommend it, it can teach you to look at different perspectives in new ways.
"Bring everything back as it was before." The Match Factory has debuted an international trailer for an Italian film titled Daughter of Mine, or Figlia mia, which just premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. This drama set in summer on the island of Sardinia follows a 10-year-old girl named Vittoria who roams around freely and gets in trouble hanging out with various people, some of whom are not the best role models. The film stars Sara Casu as Vittoria, along with Valeria Golino, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Carboni, and Udo Kier. This premiered to mostly positive reviews at Berlinale (see Indiewire or The Film Stage), one of the better discoveries in the competition line-up this year. It's an engaging, thoughtful film about a young girl trying to figure out who she is in a relentlessly rough world. It's definitely worth a watch.
"Let's make a deal - you tell me your secrets, and I'll tell you mine." An international trailer has debuted for the film Loving Pablo, a romantic thriller (entirely in English) about the Colombian journalist who struck up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. The film premiered at last year's Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, and should be in cinemas this year but still doesn't have a US release date yet. Loving Pablo stars real-life couple Javier Bardem as Pablo Escobar, and Penélope Cruz as journalist Virginia Vallejo. The rest of the cast includes Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo, and David Valencia. There have been a few Pablo Escobar films in the last few years, including The Infiltrator and Paradise Lost. I still don't really get the obsession with him, oh well. This looks like one of the biggest films about him yet.
Hot on the heels of its premiere in-competition at the Berlin Film Festival this weekend, a trailer has arrived for the new film by German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara, Phoenix) titled Transit. This film is set in modern times even though the story is actually based in WWII, with various people trying to escape from France on ships to America or Mexico. Franz Rogowski stars a man fleeing Germany, who ends up stuck in Marseille, encountering others trying to escape and get out of Europe, they all need transit papers for safe passage. The full cast includes Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman, Maryam Zaree, Barbara Auer, and Matthias Brandt. I saw this at Berlinale and it's a great film, commenting on contemporary issues with immigration through a story from WWII - read my full review here. Watch below.
"You're dead if you get caught!" CJ Entertainment USA recently debuted this official US trailer for Golden Slumber, a Korean action thriller hitting US theaters later this month. There's a different Japanese film from a few years back that goes by the title Golden Slumber (a reference to the Beatles song), however this one is a Korean action film, and they're very different. From director Noh Dong-seok, Golden Slumber stars Gang Dong-won as Gun-woo, a courier who is framed for a bombing that kills a presidential candidate. He then goes on the run and must fight with all his strength to stay alive and clear his name. The film's full cast includes Kim Eui-sung, Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myeung, and Kim Sung-kyun. This looks like a solid action film, with some double-crossing major twists typical of Korean cinema. I'm curious enough to watch.
This looks freaky cool. A full-length international trailer has debuted for a Spanish horror fantasy film titled Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil, which has been playing at a few of the big horror film festivals in Europe since premiering in Sitges late last year. From Spanish filmmaker Paul Urkijo Alijo, Errementari does tell the story of a blacksmith outside of a small town, who is perhaps possessed by the devil. It's actually about a government commissioner investigating the blacksmith, and a young orphan girl named Usue who manages to sneak inside the smithy's place and discover the truth. Errementari stars Kandido Uranga as the blacksmith Patxi, Uma Bracaglia as Usue, plus Eneko Sagardoy, Ramón Aguirre, José Ramón Argoitia, Gorka Aguinagalde, Josean Bengoetxea, and Iñigo de la Iglesia. I'm not sure what to make of this, could be good or could be bad. The shot of the devil at the end is wicked.
"Your options… you have two right now. Either you keep the building…" The Match Factory has debuted the first international trailer for an indie drama titled The Real Estate, premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in-competition this month. This Swedish film from directors Måns Månsson and Axel Petersén is about an aging wealthy woman who inherits an apartment building, and doesn't know how to handle it, and all the various tenants, properly. Léonore Ekstrand stars as Nojet, the woman at the center, and the cast includes Christer Levin, Christian Saldert, Olof Rhodin, Carl Johan Merner, and Don Bennechi. This looks way crazier than it seems from the description, but that's part of the appeal, I guess. This seems like an ideal film for the Berlin Film Festival, hopefully it's a worthy film. For now, give this trailer a watch.
"Is it possible that two people dream the same thing?" Netflix has released a new official US trailer for the Hungarian romantic drama On Body and Soul, which is one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Academy Awards this year. It completely deserves this nomination, it's such an outstanding, tender, heartfelt film. Directed by Hungarian filmmaker Ildikó Enyedi, this tells the story of two shy people who work at a slaughterhouse in Hungary. They both have the same dream - where they are deer in a forest - and when they discover this, they try to figure out how to be together, but it's not easy in real life. Alexandra Borbély stars as the woman, Mária, and Géza Morcsányi as the man, Endre. I just watched this recently thanks to Netflix and totally loved it. Please take a moment and see this film, it's good for your heart & soul.
"This mission is a message to all terrorists." Well Go USA has released an official trailer for an action movie titled Operation Red Sea, made by Hong Kong filmmaker Dante Lam, who last made the action movie Operation Mekong. This sort-of-sequel is about the Chinese Navy's elite Jiaolong Assault Team who gear up and head into action when a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials is hidden under the cover of a violent coup. This pretty much looks if Michael Bay was from China, with all of his usual explosive touches. It also seems perhaps like a Chinese propaganda movie about how great their navy is. The huge cast includes Yi Zhang, Johnny Huang, Hai-Qing, Jiang Du, Luxia Jiang, Fang Yin, Yutian Wang, Jiahao Guo, and Henry Prince Mak. This also takes place mostly in the desert, despite the "Red Sea" part of the title.