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"This river is mine." Cheng Cheng Films has debuted the trailer for a Chinese drama titled Crosscurrent, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. The poetic film is a fantasy romance set on the Yangtze River, and was actually filmed on the river itself. They wanted to "capture the traditional ink-brush painting look of the Yangtze". As artistic as it looks, there's also a greyness they've captured of the modern world. The stunning cinematography won a Silver Bear award in Berlin for cinematographer Ping Bin Lee's "outstanding artistic contribution". Crosscurrent stars Hao Qin, Zhilei Xin, and Kai Tan. Watch below.
"In this fiction, we all revolve around the protagonist." The Orchard has released an official US trailer for Pablo Larraín's other film this year, titled Neruda, about a Chilean Senator in the 1940s who is chased by a police man. Larraín is a filmmaker everyone should be getting to know, especially with two great films this year - his other one is Jackie starring Natalie Portman (his first English-language feature). We ran the first trailer for Neruda back in May, just before it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It has since earned lots of rave reviews at numerous festivals all over the world. Luis Gnecco plays the famous poet Pablo Neruda, and Gael García Bernal plays the cop after him. This is one of the most truly poetic films I have ever seen, with so much to take in and appreciate between the dialogue and visual sensibilities. Get a glimpse below.
"What? I wouldn't let myself be eaten!" Eureka has released an official UK trailer for Japanese director Kôji Fukada's latest film Harmonium, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this year and won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category. Harmonium is a slow burn drama about a Japanese family. One review stated "the film's insights into the isolation evident in the relationships most take for granted – marriages, parent-child connections and long-term friendships – don't merely hit their targets; they smash them with a sledgehammer." The cast includes Mariko Tsutsui, Tadanobu Asano, Kanji Furutachi, Kana Mahiro, Takahiro Miura, Taiga, and Momone Shinokawa. This also reminds me of Hirokazu Koreeda's Like Father, Like Son a bit, but I'm sure it has plenty of insight to offer on its own. Have a look.
"I'm going to tell you everything I wasn't able to tell you." Sony Pictures Classics has debuted an official US trailer for Pedro Almodóvar's latest film, titled Julieta, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Julieta stars Emma Suárez as a mother living with her daughter, played by Blanca Parés. After a casual encounter, she decides to confront the pains in her life and the most important events about her stranded daughter. Also starring Adriana Ugarte, Daniel Grao, Inma Cuesta, Darío Grandinetti, Michelle Jenner and Rossy de Palma. This received mostly positive reviews out of Cannes, and looks like it's another colorful and energetic journey into the life of a vibrant woman. Check out the trailer below.
"You act like everything's the same. What planet are you on?" IFC has unveiled an official US trailer for the film Things to Come, the latest from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Løve (read my interview with her here). This is also the other great Isabelle Huppert film this year, along with Paul Verhoeven's Elle (which Jeremy raved about at Fantastic Fest). This film has been playing the festival circuit since premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in February, and we already posted the UK trailer for it a few months ago. The full cast includes André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, and Edith Scob. The film follows a woman who experiences a few major shakeups in her life, including a divorce and the birth of a grandchild. It's a very philosophical but enjoyable film (there's a cute cat in it!), as expected from Mia Hansen-Løve. In theaters later this year.
"Life is just passing by…" Sony Classics has debuted an official US trailer for the highly acclaimed film Toni Erdmann, a drama from Germany that is being submitted by the country as their official Academy Award entry this year. Directed by Maren Ade, the film stars Peter Simonischek and Sandra Hüller as father and daughter. Hüller doesn't get to see her father much now that she works as a consultant for companies around the world. However, he decides to invade her life again as the character "Toni Erdmann", following her to Bucharest on a business trip. The film is both sad and funny at the same time, but also poignant and unforgettable. Critics have been raving about it ever since it premiered in Cannes, and it certainly lives up to the acclaim. You'll laugh heartily throughout, especially at the end. Don't skip seeing this outstanding film.
"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.