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Witness the story of six brothers in arms. Damn. Russia has gone seriously epic with this movie, and I can't wait to see it. While this has been set for international release soon, we haven't posted a trailer for it before. Sony has unveiled a full trailer for Stalingrad, directed by Fedor Bondarchuk, starring Thomas Kretschmann, Yanina Studilina and Philippe Reinhardt, telling the story of the 1942 WWII Battle of Stalingrad. "While the whole might of the German army descended upon them, the heroes of Stalingrad would experience love, loss, joy and the sense of ultimate freedom that can only be felt by those about to die." They went all out and built a massive set, shooting this in 3D and IMAX at the same time. Take a look.
Don't let all the nominations for Amour at last year's Oscars fool you... foreign films always have an uphill battle to be noticed by the Academy anywhere besides in their own category of Best Foreign Language. Michael Haneke's flick defied the odds the last time around, but could it be the start of a trend? We'll find out this year with Abdellatif Kechiche's Blue is the Warmest Color, which also is a Palme d'Or winning foreign flick hoping to score Oscar attention. This year's big foreign player has some striking similarities with last year's, but also some notable differences that make it one of the season's real puzzling contenders.
"Will you be able to exchange the boys without any trouble?" This is a beautiful trailer for a beautiful film that I really hope many people see. An official UK trailer has debuted for Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son, the familial drama which won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year and is being remade by Steven Spielberg. The film tells the story of a Japanese family that is told their son is not actually their son, and the hospital gave them the wrong child (another family has their real son and they have theirs, so they meet in hopes of "exchanging"). It's a very emotionally complex, but very heartfelt and heart-wrenching story that will make you cry (read this review). Please give this wonderful trailer a watch, this film needs the support.
With the release of Cannes Palme d'Or winner Blue is the Warmest Color coming up in October, IFC / Sundance Selects is firing up their marketing starting with the official US trailer for the NC-17 rated lesbian love story, and now a poster to along with it. Despite that rating and sex scenes controversy/discussion, it's one of the best films of the year and I highly recommend it because it's one of the best love stories put to celluloid this year. I'm a big fan of the original French poster and the fan-made painted poster for this film, however this art seems to focus more on the lesbian love angle than anything. But I do like the blue accents.
Time to get a look at this year's Palme d'Or winner. This trailer is worth featuring because it is for one of my favorite films I've seen this year, Palme winner Blue is the Warmest Color, however it's the official French trailer and doesn't come with subtitles (update: now it does!). I am sure we'll see the US trailer soon because the film is due out on October 25th, but in the meantime, this is worth a watch anyway because it is a good trailer. You'll hear Lykke Li's "I Follow Rivers" quite a bit, which actually comes from the film itself. French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos stars as Adèle, who meets her first love in the blue-haired Emma, played by Léa Seydoux. It does show a tiny bit of NSFW nudity but mostly tons of emotion. Love this film.
"So what if we're from the disaster area!" If you're a cinephile and have never heard of Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono, you should definitely start watching his films like Love Exposure, Cold Fish or Himizu. Or you can just start here, with The Land Of Hope, a more intimate rural drama and departure from his usual violent style, telling the story of a family of Japanese farmers living near a nuclear reactor damaged after an earthquake in the Nagashima prefecture. This is quite a beautiful trailer, one where it's worth putting on headphones and listening to all the details in addition to seeing the cinematography. From the breathing at the beginning to the emotional score at the end. Best of all, the entire film is out for free on Hulu right now.
"Let's skip school tomorrow to test your powers." Tired of so many cinematic superheroes? Try this on for size. A trailer has debuted for a Danish film titled Antboy, a Spider-Man-like story of a young boy (played by Oscar Dietz) who gets bit by an ant and gains superpowers. Despite the cliche storyline, including an overweight villain named The Flea (played by Nicolas Bro), this actually looks quite charming, almost as if it has the childish wonder and humor of Amblin films. While they show quite a bit in this trailer, including his costume, the villain and love interest, it's not overly revealing. I'm still curious to see this at TIFF. Enjoy!
In Martial Arts there is no right or wrong, only the last man standing. Even though this film has been out on Blu-ray in China for over two years, The Weinstein Company is finishing their last marketing push for the US theatrical release of Kar Wai Wong's The Grandmaster next week. To top off all the footage and trailers and featurettes we've seen, Mondo has created a stunning new poster for the film that was designed by Russian illustrator Vania Zouravliov. There's an English version and a Chinese variant in gold. Tony Leung and Ziyi Zhang star in the film about martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
The legend. The teacher. The grandmaster. The conclusion. IP Man is getting old. Time for him to fight his final fight, if he can muster up the energy. Two new trailers have recently debuted for Ip Man: The Final Fight, a martial arts action drama featuring Anthony Wong as the Ip Man. While we've seen Wong kick ass in films like Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, this is the first time he's playing the Ip Man, the legendary martial arts expert who trained Bruce Lee. These two trailers are going for an epic The Dark Knight Rises kind of vibe ("the conclusion!") and are fun to watch, but don't exactly convince me to run out and see this right away. I'm certainly interested in it, to say the least. I always enjoy a good martial arts film.
"All this because of a bike?!" Another charmer from the other side of the world for today's trailer. Wadjda is a film that I've been hearing great things about for many reasons. It's the first feature film from a Saudi Arabian female filmmaker named Haifaa Al-Mansour, and tells a story set in Saudi Arabia about a young girl who just wants to get enough money to buy a bike. It premiered at the Venice & Telluride Film Festivals last year and earned rave reviews. Sony Classics is releasing in the US, but hasn't set a date, however thanks to the upcoming UK release we now have a cute English subtitled trailer to watch. World cinema at its best.
Time for another look at the Unforgiven remake from Japan, starring Ken Watanabe as Jubee kamata in the Will Munny role that Clint Eastwood played. As crazy as it may seem, this doesn't look terrible at all, it actually looks pretty damn good. This impressive full trailer for the upcoming Japanese release is a good sign this isn't the disaster many thought it would be. There are no subtitles, but if you're familiar with the original Unforgiven it shouldn't be too hard to make sense of it. Aside from gorgeous cinematography, there's an odd mix of Japanese sensibilities and Westerns, like lots of horseback riding. Give it a look below.
Gatchaman! I can't believe they actually made this. Some may recall that for a few years we closely covered the development of an animated adaptation of Gatchaman, a Japanese manga/anime series. It was never finished and never released, however, the Toho Company in Japan decided to just make an entire live-action Gatchaman movie instead. And here we have the first trailer. I don't even know what to make of this (no subtitles yet) but the footage is wacky. Almost Power Rangers meets The Avengers, or something like that. Some of the VFX look good, but those costumes, my goodness. Maybe I'm missing the point? Check this out.
"The switchblade is like the cross - it stays with us our entire lives." Today's trailer is for the Italian film Siberian Education, directed by Italian Gabriele Salvatores, starring John Malkovich as "Grandfather Kuzya". The film is based on a memoir about growing up as a member of the Urka community in the small republic of Transnistria, located between Moldova and Ukraine. It's entirely in English and seems to focus on two friends growing up and how they all turn out in this crime-ridden town. The cast includes Eleanor Tomlinson, Peter Stormare, plus Arnas Fedaravicius and Vilius Tumalavicius. Take a look below.
"Farewell, Captain - it's too late for you and your kind." What have we come across here? Peruvian sci-fi action? I'm down to check this out. Our friends at Twitch featured a very action-filled trailer for a film called The 2nd Horseman, a Peruvian action movie in Spanish from first-time director Arthur Cross, which involves a crapload of well-armed militia fighting something strange. This "international" trailer features an English voiceover with some rather ominous lines about reaching the "end game" and "why man once feared the wrath of the Gods." While there is only a quick glimpse of the sci-fi side, I am curious to check this out.