› Alex Winter on Making Docs
› Aust. Filmmaker Jennifer Kent
› Shadow Director Zhang Yimou
› Darya Zhuk on Making Films
› S2BY Director Boots Riley
› Leigh Whannell of Upgrade
Find more of our interviews ›››
"I am just a woman…" The Match Factory has released an official promo trailer for a German film titled A Regular Woman, originally Nur Eine Frau (or "Just a Woman") in German, made by filmmaker Sherry Hormann. This premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, but is still seeking international distribution outside of Germany. The film is based on the true story of Hatun Aynur Sürücü, whose murder caused an outcry in 2005. It tells of her struggle for a free, self-determined life in the face of her family's intense opposition. Her brothers refuse to accept her lifestyle, and insults & threats continue to escalate. Finally, the young woman reports her oldest brother to the police. But this won't save her in the end… Starring Almila Bagriacik as Aynur, with a cast including Rauand Taleb, Meral Perin, Mürtüz Yolcu, Armin Wahedi, and Aram Arami. A sad story of how hard it is to live a free life, no matter where you're from. Definitely worth a look.
"I figured it out! I figured out how to bring them back…" IFC Midnight has debuted the full-length official trailer for Larry Fessenden's Depraved, a compelling modern take on the classic Frankenstein story of a man created from spare parts. Described as the "best film version of the Frankenstein legend in decades", Fessenden's Depraved is a "meditative reimagining of" Mary Shelley's classic novel that "explores the crisis of masculinity and ideas about loneliness, memory and the subtle psychological shocks that shape us as individuals." The plot follows a disillusioned field surgeon suffering from PTSD who endeavors to make a man out of body parts and bring him to life in a Brooklyn loft. Depraved stars Owen Campbell, Chloë Levine, Alex Breaux, David Call, Joshua Leonard, Ana Kayne, and Maria Dizzia. I've been hearing some great things about this, perhaps the best update on Frankenstein in a long time - and this footage confirms that it might live up to the hype. Watch the trailer for "a punk rock New York Frankenstein" below.
"Has he told you anything about himself?" Vertical Entertainment has unveiled the first official trailer for another same-old-story romantic comedy titled Can You Keep a Secret?, the feature directorial debut of TV producer / director Elise Duran. The film is adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name by Sophie Kinsella. Thinking they're about to crash, Emma spills her secrets to a stranger sitting next to her on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger… Until she later meets Jack, her company's young CEO, who now knows every humiliating detail about her. Now she must suddenly figure out whether "telling the truth is the answer to finding love." Really? That's what this is about? Alexandra Daddario stars with Tyler Hoechlin, Sunita Mani, Kimiko Glenn, Laverne Cox, and Kate Easton. We've seen this story before.
"None of this is real!" No matter how you feel about the sequels, The Matrix will always remain one of the best sci-fi movies ever made. Maybe one day Hollywood will go back and make more. "A couple months ago, after a rewatch of the trilogy, a few of us wondered what our own take might be on the concept - something episodic, set largely in a college, in that moment where the protagonist isn't yet fully aware of the world they are plugged into." That's the idea behind The Matrix: Next Generation - made by Australian filmmaker Lincoln Hall and a group of his friends. They live in Sydney and actually filmed in a few of the real locations used in The Matrix, to make this trailer for an episodic series about the "next generation" of people learning about the Matrix and how to escape it. Great work from everyone involved - now I wish this really was real.
"Hot guys crossing Europe by bus… Things are definitely gonna happen." Peccadillo Pictures has debuted an official UK trailer for an amusing French gay comedy titled The Shiny Shrimps, also Les Crevettes Pailletées originally in French. Matthias Le Goff, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment: coach "The Shiny Shrimps", a flamboyant and amateur gay water-polo team. They have only one goal in mind: to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBTQ athletes compete. But the guys are more interested in partying than practicing, unless Le Goff can get them in line. Nicolas Gob stars as Le Goff, with a cast including Alban Lenoir, Michaël Abiteboul, David Baïot, Romain Lancry, Roland Menou, Geoffrey Couët, Romain Brau, Félix Martinez, Maïa Quesemand, and Pierre Samuel. This reminds me of Sink or Swim, another French water sports all-male-team comedy from last year. This film looks kinky and fun, and just wee a bit cheesy.
"But when you save a life, it's worth it." 1091 has released an official trailer for an indie documentary titled The Cat Rescuers about exactly what the title says: people who rescue cats. It premiered at the Hamptons Film Festival last year, but hasn't shown at other fests. It's playing in select theaters and will be available on VOD this fall. A dedicated group of people in Brooklyn devote their days and nights to rescuing abandoned or otherwise homeless kittens and cats. "Combing the borough’s alleys, backyards and housing projects, they trap the cats, get them fixed and returned to their colonies, or adopted." Of course, the cats are adorable, but the people are equally inspiring. The film focuses on the rescuers of New York City, who help save the feral kitties of the Big Apple. Reminds me of that other great cat doc Kedi, about the cats of Istanbul. Enjoy.
"Team Dally & Spanky!" From the "I can't believe this is really real" collection. Sony Pictures has debuted a trailer for an adorable, campy movie titled Adventures of Dally & Spanky, the feature debut of director Camille Stochitch. The "family-friendly film" tells the story of the friendship between Dally and Spanky, a miniature horse and a miniature Jack Russell Terrier. Yes, of course, this is actually based on the real-life friendship between these two. There is not much of a plot, but they do eventually bring this dog and horse combo to Hollywood in hopes of winning a live TV talent show. The film stars Brenna D'Amico, Reylynn Caster, Elaine Hendrix, Timothy Hornor, Trace Adkins, Brielle Barbusca, Kylee Russell, Jake Busey, Alexie Gilmore, and Denise Richards. This looks pretty awful, but I can't help share it anyway.
"Did you hear about the murder?" A24 has unveiled the first official trailer for a wacky, hilarious, extra weird indie dark comedy called The Death of Dick Long. This premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year to some divisive reviews, but that's what makes it so good. From director Daniel Scheinert (of Swiss Army Man), the film is about Zeke, played by Michael Abbott Jr., and Earl, played by Andre Hyland, two friends who are just too dumb to figure out how to cover up for their other friend's accidental death. The cast includes Virginia Newcomb, Sarah Baker, Jess Weixler, Sunita Mani, Roy Wood Jr., Poppi Cunningham, and Janelle Cochrane. It's some sort of wild, redneck dark comedy, that some will find hilarious, others will find too dumb. Up to you to decide? At least the poster is amazing. Have fun.
"How do you say 'help' in English?" Oscilloscope Labs has debuted the official trailer for an award-winning documentary titled Midnight Traveler, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award at Sundance, plus the Golden Gate Award at the SF Film Festival, and the Grand Jury Award at the Sheffield Doc Festival. The doc film is made by Hassan Fazili, who used small home cameras and mobile phones to record his family for years. Midnight Traveler "chronicles the dangers that pave the road to asylum… but above all it's about a family, and the unshakeable love that sustains them on their journey." The trailer features music by Jennifer Castle. This is one of the most endearing and powerful films you'll see about refugees, taking us right into their life and sharing their triumphs & struggles on the road. All the quotes in this trailer prove how important & incredible the film is.
"People seldom say 'no' to Frankie." Sony Classics has debuted the new full-length trailer for Frankie, the latest film from acclaimed American indie filmmaker Ira Sachs (Married Life, Keep the Lights On, Love is Strange, Little Men). This premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, and they originally put out a teaser trailer just before that festival to build up some buzz. Frankie is set in the lovely town of Sintra, Portugal outside of Lisbon, where a number of palaces and castles are nestled on a hillside. The story follows three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation. Starring Isabelle Huppert, along with Brendan Gleeson, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Jérémie Renier, Vinette Robinson, with Carloto Cotta, Ariyon Bakare, and Sennia Nanua. I very much like the way this film looks and feels, so light and fresh yet it's so deeply moving and tough in its heart. This one is worth a watch.
"Love. Cinema. And punk rock!" He's back with another wacky film! The first trailer for James Franco's next new film is out now. Zeroville is Franco's latest feature that he stars in and directs, adapted from author Steve Erickson's 2007 novel. This odd indie film takes us back to 1969, the same year as Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, to tell a different story about another actor in town. James Franco stars as Vikar, an actor who loves movies who shows up in Hollywood during a transitional time in the industry, taking jobs doing anything. The full cast includes Megan Fox, James Franco, Joey King, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Craig Robinson, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Cynthia Murell, and Horatio Sanz as Francis Ford Coppola. The more movies Franco makes, the weirder he gets. And I just can't help but see this as a Franco remake of Once Upon a Time, with his own cinematic quirks plus some dry humor. At least the cast is great? I don't really know what make of this film. What about you?
"Under every footstep you take… and that's all over the world." Moving Art has unveiled an official trailer for a documentary called Fantastic Fungi, which is indeed a movie about fungi - mushrooms and other fascinating underground networkers in the fungi kingdom. This doc film is described as "a consciousness-shifting film that takes us on an immersive journey through time and scale into the magical earth beneath our feet, an underground network that can heal and save our planet." Featuring scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil, and others, the film shows us "the beauty, intelligence and solutions the fungi kingdom" may provide humanity - the potential to save our planet. Which does indeed sound fascinating. It's "directed by the pioneer of time-lapse photography", Louie Schwartzberg, and it has plenty of stunning growth time-lapse shots. With narration by Brie Larson.