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Following a premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater a year ago and hitting theaters in Japan shortly thereafter, the directorial debut of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami is coming to United States theaters by way of an eight-city tour. The film is called Jellyfish Eyes, and features a coming-of-age story that unfolds due to an unusual relationship with an odd jellyfish creature. Though the film is in the same vein as something like E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, you've never seen a story like this told with such a unique visual palette. Details on where you can catch this film are below along with the trailer.
"Who... are you?" Today's indie trailer is the first official teaser for a kinetic South Korean action film titled No Tears for the Dead, from Jeong-beom Lee of the 2010 revenge film The Man from Nowhere. In this new film, Jang Dong-gun stars along with Kim Min-hee in a "love story between a professional hitman and his next target". While that kind of story could go either way on screen, this one goes for a much more energetic, explosive feeling. I'm not sure what is with the English subtitles for English-spoken dialogue, but aside from that, this actually looks pretty cool with a few great shots (like the one seen above). Take a look.
This is a gorgeous trailer, and this film looks amazing. Another anticipated upcoming film confirmed on the Cannes 2014 line-up this morning is Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest, Coming Home, starring Chen Daoming (Hero, Infernal Affairs 3, Aftershock) and Gong Li (2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower). The story is about a Chinese man who is forced into marriage and flees to America, but finally returns home years later only to be rejected by his family. It looks like there are very deep, complex emotions and a heartbreaking story to tell, but I am looking forward to catching this film sooner than later.
Every year, cinephiles wake up early to catch the announcement direct from France of the films playing at the Cannes Film Festival. For the 67th Cannes Film Festival taking place this May they've announced a diverse selection of films premiering, including a few midnight screenings (of David Michod's The Rover + Kristian Levring's The Salvation), a few out-out-comp picks like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, and their usual fascinating line-up of Main Competition and Un Certain Regard films. Ranging from filmmakers including David Cronenberg and Xavier Dolan, as well as Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh, Michel Hazanavicius (of The Artist), Bennett Miller, Ryan Gosling and many others.
"Focus on the job and we'll all end up making a lot of money..." This looks eerie. After featuring posters yesterday, today we have the full US trailer for Erik Skjoldbjærg's Pioneer, a Norwegian conspiracy thriller set in the 1980s about the beginning of the Norwegian Oil Boom and deep sea divers using "controversial techniques" to extract oil. The cast includes a number of recognizable names and faces, from Wes Bentley to Stephen Lang to Jonathan LaPaglia, and they speak in English most of the time. This actually looks way better than I expected and I'm glad I stumbled across this film, there's just something mysterious and alluring about it. And I'm glad the footage in the trailer actually looks solid. Take a look for yourself below.
Cannes has officially announced another film in this year's line-up ahead of the full selection unveiling next week. We already know that Olivier Dahan's Grace of Monaco, starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, will be the opening competition film of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Following that we can now include Party Girl, a film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, which has been chosen to open the Official Selection of the Un Certain Regard category. It follows Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring which was presented in 2013. So far, so good, with the complete list of 2014 films next week.
This should be a must watch, but I'm a bit afraid Borgman might just scare away a few people. But I love, love, love this film. So wacky, subversive, incendiary, so much fun. Drafthouse Films debuted a new official U.S. trailer for Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman, starring Dutch actor Jan Bijvoet (seen in The Broken Circle Breakdown and mostly Belgian TV shows) as Camiel Borgman. This first premiered at Cannes and will be released after Cannes this year. The footage in this starts exactly as it does in the film, and goes on to show more of what happens, so if you don't want to be spoiled watch out. It's a bit like Funny Games in the Netherlands. This is a great film that I hope finds a solid audience here, because it's such dark, devious fun.
After winning Best Actor for his performance in The Artist, we've seen Jean Dujardin pop up in The Wolf of Wall Street and The Monuments Men, but he's also been busy in his homeland of France. Now audiences can see him in one of those films from overseas with The Players. Hitting limited theaters next week, The Weinstein Company is releasing this short film anthology about infidelity, and some men who sleep around on their wives. Though the film has segments from multiple directors, including Dujardin himself, this one only seems to focus on one of the shorts featuring the Oscar-winning French actor and Gilles Lellouche.
"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.